Do not dismiss school, EP head says
March 16, 2009
Parents whose children have been allocated Easthampstead Park School have been urged not to dismiss it.
Headteacher Gordon Cunning-ham has soughtto reassure parents whose children have been designated a place at the school who are worried it is not performing well.
Easthampstead Park has improved its GCSE results over the past two years reaching the national benchmark in 2008 – the minimum the Government requires of a school – of 30 per cent of pupils attaining five or more A* to C grades in subjects including English and maths.
Mr Cunningham said: “This year we are expecting to progress even more.
“We don’t want people to think badly of the school or dismiss it. We have a very supportive community of staff, pupils and parents.”
He said any parents who had been given Easthampstead Park were welcome to a guided tour of the school.
Parents complained following the release of Bracknell Forest’s secondary school allocations.
Fewer pupils in the borough have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools than last year.
Of the 1,286 pupils making the transition from primary school, 91 per cent have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools – a drop of six per cent.
Last year 97 per cent of pupils were given a place at one of their chosen schools – either Garth Hill College, Easthampstead Park, Ranelagh, Sandhurst, Edgbarrow or Brakenhale.
David Watkins, chief officer for performance and resources at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “This year has seen an increase in the number of applications made to schools within the borough.
“The popularity of our schools continues to increase with the further improvement in GCSE results.
“We have also experienced an increase in the number of applications being made from independent schools.”