I understand they are planning to reduce to six large classes in Year Eight for September.
Here is the official info on this, taken directly from school's letter:
"The school is designated as a 6-form entry school. In effect there should not be more than 180 students in a year group. There does, however, exist an independent appeal panel than can direct the School to admit more than 180 and indeed this happened to this School in 4 of the last 5 years. The two biggest years are 10 & 11 and the both have around 210 studentss. This means that in September we will have a big jump in numbers post-16 and significant rooming demands. Therefore we will be returning Years 7, 8 & 9 to 6 forms. For students in current Years 7 & 8 a reorganisation of tutor groups is required and class sizes will go from a maximum of 29 as it is now to a figure of 32. I am not happy about this move but in order to room our curriculum and ensure students have places to work, this has to be done. I have spoken with a number of County Officers about it and made written representations. I will be monitoring the situation very carefully".
What I don't understand about this is how the independent appeal panel was able to direct so many extra students into this School, when there has always clearly been a problem with space and accommodation. How can this be fair to the School? A friend had their appeal yesterday and is not optimistic as they were told by the panel; "to let anyone through will have a very negative impact on standards". Why put all the parents through the agony of appeal in the first place, if the School is already full?
I am lucky enough to have a space for September but I truly feel for anyone who has their hopes up with an appeal.