Speculation surrounding the future of two Ramsgate grammar schools has ended.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education Mark Dance has confirmed that Chatham House Grammar School and Clarendon House Grammar School will continue to provide single sex education for the foreseeable future in the heart of Ramsgate town centre.
Mr Dance said:
“I have listened to the opinions of local residents and the headteachers and governors at both schools. What struck me was a desire by all to keep education at the heart of Ramsgate town centre and provide residents with the choice they deserve.
“If the government approves our submission under the Building Schools for the Future programme, then parents will have the choice for their children to attend a grammar school, non-selective school or the Academy in Ramsgate.”
The Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme is an ambitious programme of investment that will see every secondary school in the county rebuilt or refurbished within the next 10 to 15 years. In Thanet there had been growing speculation that the grammar schools would be rebuilt away from the town centre but this decision today stops these claims.
Chris Wells, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Educational Standards, commented:
“This is a decision that has been delayed for far too long, resulting in damaging speculation about the future, making both pupil and staff recruitment difficult. Both these grammar schools produce good results and we want to work with the local communities and these schools over the forthcoming years to ensure that 21st century educational facilities are brought to Thanet.”
Conservative Parliamentary candidate, Laura Sandys, a governor of Ellington Girls School added: “I will also be continuing to make the case that we keep Hereson School and Ellington School as single sex schools throughout the current consultation process."