The Kendrick School on London Road, Reading, proposes to admit 32 more year 7 students each year from September 2020 bringing the total admitted to 128.
Kendrick School is a selective girls’ school with academy status. It currently admits 96 year 7 students each year and the proposed increased admission means that by 2024 the school will have 640 rather than the current 480 students.
The school says:
In common with many local and national areas, Reading must create more secondary school places to meet the growing demand by residents for places. National Census data shows a sustainable population increase in Reading and the local area for secondary age students from 2020.
The school proposes to build new facilities and refurbish existing facilities to accommodate the new students. They have published a PDF document that provides details, in which they say that the school is on a constrained site and the area they plan to develop is at the back of the school near the swimming pool.
Kendrick School appointed experienced building and architectural consultants to undertake a thorough review of the movement of students and staff around the school site. Their analysis and observations concluded that the site would be able to accommodate 920 students safely and securely on condition various modifications to access and walkways, room alterations and additional buildings.
The school has launched a consultation process and you can make your views known online, or in writing to:
Ms Amanda Emberson
PA to the headteacher
Reading, RG1 5BN.
Responses need to be returned by Thursday 5 July. There will be a consultation meeting for parents, carers and stakeholders at the school on Thursday 21 June at 7pm. You will need to book your place.
A petition has been started to ask Kendrick School to admit more disadvantaged girls, as part of their expansion.