Stamford Welland Academy hopes to increase pupil intake

Anthony Partington, principal Stamford Welland Academy EMN-140826-142601009
Anthony Partington, principal Stamford Welland Academy EMN-140826-142601009
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A secondary school which reopened under new ownership last year hopes to increase its intake in September 2016.

Stamford Welland Academy has launched a consultation on plans to expand its pupil roll from 108 to 120.

The school was taken over by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, known as Cmat, at the start of the current academic year. The trust made increasing pupil numbers a key priority at the time.

The takeover was suggested by the Department for Education after Cmat joined with a group of parents to apply to build a new school in Stamford. Ministers decided the best way to improve education in Stamford would be to focus on the former Stamford Queen Eleanor School instead.

Principal Anthony Partington said: “Since Cmat have taken over the sponsorship of the school, there has been a great deal of interest in the school and the first indication of parents applying for places is very promising.

“The current published admission number for each year is 108, but Cmat would like to increase this to 120 from September 2016, in line with the Stamford Free School application which was submitted to the Government last year.

“This will also support their bid to open a sixth form in 2020.”

Other proposed changes to the school’s admissions policy include changing the measurement for distance in case of oversubscription to Red Lion Square, the historic centre of Stamford.

Mr Partington said: “Stamford Welland Academy is the only state secondary school serving the whole of the community. Two miles’ radius from this point covers the whole of Stamford. Priority will be given to the child living nearest to the point in Red Lion Square.”

And the school also hopes to increase its commitment to children of Armed Forces personnel.

People can view the proposed policy and comment at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.

Several other schools have also launched consultations on their admissions policies, including Bourne Grammar School, the Deepings School and Charles Read Academy. The changes are minor and are to do with wording rather than pupil numbers.