School News Roundup

The past months have seen a rise in grammar-school related news, with the debate over new grammar schools breaking out again due to Weald of Kent Grammar School’s planned expansion, and the recent GCSE League Tables prompting numerous comments on the current state of education.

The Telegraph summarises some of the controversy over the recent Weald of Kent expansion, after campaign groups recently abandoned plans to challenge the new school annex.

GCSE League Tables Show Sutton Still Strong Despite National Decline

The release of secondary school league tables last week has once again prompted a flurry of protest and controversy among parents and head teachers, with many rushing to criticise flaws and perceived unfairness in the ranking system. Recent overhauls in the ranking system have seen an overall drop in schools’ results, as results for certain qualifications deemed too “easy” have been discounted and pass marks for certain subjects appear to have been raised.

Wallington and Nonsuch High consider joining their 2nd Stage examinations.

The Local Governing Body for Wallington High School and Nonsuch High School recently held a consultation on the subject of merging their separate 2nd stage examinations into a single test. The two schools are part of the same multi-academy trust, and holding a joint examination would result in considerable cost savings on both sides.

New Grammar School in Kent Likely to Go Ahead

Plans to challenge the construction of a new grammar school in Kent have been dropped recently, and it seems increasingly probable that the Weald of Kent Grammar School’s Sevenoaks expansion will open as planned in September of 2017. While there is still a prohibition on creating completely new grammar schools, existing grammar schools like Weald of Kent are permitted to develop “annex” schools under the free schools Programme. If development goes through it will be the first new grammar school opened in 50 years.