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Poole's new school system begins next month
A DECADE of work comes to fruition in September when around 3,708 Poole youngsters change schools.
Borough of Poole’s massive change in the age of transfer has cost £52million and seen a major building programme and a name change for many schools.
A smooth transition is anticipated by the local education authority as the re-organisation results in first schools becoming infant schools, middle schools changing to juniors and combined to primary schools.
To get in line with most of the rest of the country Poole youngsters will attend an infant school from reception to Year 2, junior from Year 3 to 6 and secondary from Year 7 to 11.
“A huge amount of work has gone into it,” said Cllr Janet Walton, cabinet portfolio holder for children, families and public health.
Staff, children and the local authority have all been involved in the project – which does not affect Broadstone schools.
“The children are really excited about it,” she said. “The decision that has been made is really good for our children, improving the standards not just for now but for future generations.”
However under 10 teaching and support staff are at risk of redundancy.
With two year groups changing schools, sweeping away a confusing system that saw pupils move to secondary school at 11, 12 or 13, the scheme was delayed while government grants were sought to enable schools to build enough accommodation.
Government grants have funded millions of pounds of work at the secondary schools, with builders due to hand over Ashdown and St Edwards in the next few days.
“The school is ready, the classrooms and grounds are completed, the staff are prepared and we are all really excited about welcoming Year 7 students to Poole High School,” said Fan Heafield, headteacher of Poole High.
“We have taken this opportunity to create lots of new resources and activities for the students which we are sure will change and enthuse them in their learning. This is a big step for these students and we are sure they will feel both at home and stretched by their new school.”
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