Parents’ anger at school proposal

Kibworth High School
Kibworth High School

Hundreds of children could miss out on a place at Kibworth High School if proposals to convert it to an 11 to 16 school go ahead.

The move would see annual intakes reduced from 250 to about 150 from September 2015, leaving the remaining pupils from the school’s catchment area without a place.

Those living nearest the school would have preference, with children in Foxton, Great Glen and Billesdon most likely to miss out.

Concerned parents from those villages fear their children could drop into “black hole” as they struggle to find them a good alternative school.

Emma Davey, who has two children at St Cuthbert’s in Great Glen, told the Mail: “What may be a good proposition for Kibworth may leave Great Glen’s children fighting for a place somewhere in south Leicestershire or beyond with no guarantees of remaining with friends or siblings.”

Another parent, Emma Graves, said: “This is going to leave a lot of parents in limbo.

“Not only this, it will impact on the children’s emotional and mental health.”

Kibworth caters for children aged 11 to 14, with most pupils going on to complete GCSEs at Robert Smyth Academy in Harborough.

But falling intakes means it is expecting to have only 600 pupils on its roll in 2014, below the 750 capacity.

Instead, the school wants to cater for students from 11 to 16, with about 150 pupils in each of the five year groups.

It says the move – part of a bid to convert to academy status – would raise standards and attract more funding.

Parents in its catchment schools are being asked to provide feedback ahead of a consultation in November.

Head teacher Angela Edwards said: “In keeping with statutory timescales, our governing body has decided to go to full consultation on Nov 1 re a possible change to 11-16 in Sept 2015 and its effect on our admissions policy.

“The website has full details of the process. We would welcome responses by 1 July from parents/carers at our 6 feeder catchment schools so that their views can be given full consideration at this early stage before we draft the admissions policy.

“The local authority has been kept fully informed of the process, and has been a valuable source of advice and guidance.

“We will continue to work with them when we respond to the parents’ views about pupils places.

“Our colleagues at Welland Park Academy and Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough have also been been kept abreast of our plans to consult, as indeed we have with their plans to become the 11-19 Market Harborough Academy in September 2014.”

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