Six months until biggest education changes in Lutterworth in a generation

From left, head teacher of the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School Paul Hostead, head teacher of Lutterworth High School Nora Parker, the interim executive principal of The Lutterworth Academies Trust Judith Briers and head teacher of Lutterworth College Ben Solly
From left, head teacher of the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School Paul Hostead, head teacher of Lutterworth High School Nora Parker, the interim executive principal of The Lutterworth Academies Trust Judith Briers and head teacher of Lutterworth College Ben Solly

Education chiefs from the town’s schools are promising to work together as the countdown to the biggest shake-up to our education system for a generation begins.

Big changes come into effect this September, when Lutterworth’s schools will adjust the age ranges of the pupils they will teach.

Lutterworth High School, which currently teaches Years 7 to 9, will extend its range upwards and teach Years 7 to 11 from September.

Meanwhile, Lutterworth College, which currently teaches Years 10 to 13, will extend its age range downwards and teach Years 7 to 13 from September.

These switches mean that instead of Lutterworth and district pupils moving seamlessly from primary school through to A-levels, they will now have choices to make from Year 7 onwards.

Added to the mix, is the town’s new 300-pupil Sir Frank Whittle Studio School which will teach pupils from Years 10 to 12.

In theory, the schools will be “competing” for pupils.

But the schools have this week been keen to stress their co-operation, rather than any potential rivalry.

Since the beginning of January, the leadership teams from Lutterworth High School and The Lutterworth Academies Trust – which comprises Lutterworth College and the studio school – have been working together to ensure all the necessary arrangements are in place for a smooth transition later this year.

Major areas that have been under discussion have included curriculum content and delivery, transport, potential opportunities for staff training and professional development and, where practical, identifying areas where best practice can be shared effectively across all schools.

Judith Briers, the interim executive principal of the trust, said: “Since taking up my position in January, it has been a great pleasure to be in discussions with Lutterworth High School and to promote collaboration between us.

“Both Ben Solly, the head of Lutterworth College, and Paul Hostead, the head of the studio school, are delighted to be able to work corroboratively with Lutterworth High School so that the young people in Lutterworth and the surrounding communities receive the very best education possible.”

High school headteacher Nora Parker said: “It does, of course, make very good sense for schools to work together at times like this.

“The new arrangements that have been put in place for September have at their centre a determination to do everything possible to provide the young people in and around Lutterworth with the highest possible standards of education.

“I am confident that by developing constructive partnerships with all the schools involved, we will achieve this objective.”