Some of you will be aware that Great Marlow could not offer many of the children in its catchment this year a place - largely - it seems - because not enough of them passed the 11+ to go to WBGS. So the admission distance for the grammar massively expanded, people coming from far and wide, and not enough spaces left for local children to go to their local upper school. Kids were allocated Burnham Upper - some 20 miles away!
Well, parents at Great Marlow received this today :
Great Marlow School : School Admissions Year 7 September 2015
We are showing below the press statement that is being issued regarding an increase in our admission number into Year 7 in September 2015. This agreed increase is for one year only.
School Admissions Year 7 September 2015
The Governors of Great Marlow School are very pleased to announce that they have agreed to create an additional 25 Year 7 places in September 2015. This is in response to the overwhelming popularity of the school, and at the request of Buckinghamshire Local Authority, that they make this provision for one year only to accommodate the increased local demand for school places. Parents living in the school’s catchment will, no doubt, be delighted and relieved to hear that more places will be available and that their children might now be offered a place at Great Marlow School.
Mrs Geralyn Wilson, Headteacher, said: “I am very pleased to have been able to increase our Year 7 intake for September. This is in response to the pressure of an extraordinary number of applications from parents for the 2015-2016 academic year. The current Year 6 in the Marlow area contains a greater number of pupils than previous years or subsequent years.
“We have worked very proactively with Buckinghamshire County Council to respond to parental wishes. It is most encouraging that through collaboration and cooperation we have secured the best possible solution.”
A Buckinghamshire County Council spokesman said:
“It's our responsibility to ensure there are sufficient school places in the county, and we were very pleased to work with the Great Marlow School academy to ensure there were enough places In the Marlow area to meet the increase in demand this year. A letter will be sent out by the Local Authority on the 24 April informing parents if they have been successful in their application.”
Mrs G Wilson
Its not sorted what caused the issue!!
But at least resolves the issue for the local kids.