Samla asked in another topic
Received email from the head saying that from 2016 they are planning to take 150 students. He hasn't clarified whether it will be a new form or bigger class sizes. Would be interested to find the forum views on that.
I am not impressed with this proposal as I feel it will affect their current services - classrooms, teaching. Economies of scale inevitably have a knock on effect on the quality.
The class sizes can't increase, as most schools have a physical limit on the number of children they can fit in a classroom without having them sitting on each others laps. I've not seen the letter from the head, so could someone who has look to see if it says anything about the number of classes? The logical thing would to be to take it up to 5 classes per year of 30 each. No school would go up to classes of 38.
Simla says "Economies of scale inevitably have a knock on effect on the quality". However, funding for schools is falling and Gloucestershire schools are some of the worst funded in England, with the Grammars being bottom of the funding pile. If Marling & Stroud High don't make use of economies of scale, then they'll probably be in a much worse place than if they do.
There was something in the Sunday Times this weekend saying that many Grammars are proposing increases in intake.