Tomlinscote and Kings International College to Merge?
By Maggie_V | Friday, March 18, 2011, 14:51
Kings International College to merge with Tomlinscote?
College about the
possibility of merging the two schools.
The Council has reviewed the number of secondary school
places needed and provided in Surrey Heath and have identified two important factors. Firstly – the demand for the
number of secondary school place in the next five years is “likely to be lower
than was previously expected.” Secondly,
this dip in demand is likely to last for a longer than predicted. The Council do not expect the numbers to
return to their current levels until at least 2021. The dip has been caused by the fact that a
number of housing developments have been postponed due to the current economic
In the letter to parents Surrey Council says “For many
years, Collingwood and Tomlinscote have been much larger than Kings Internation
and have achieved significantly better results.” In this year’s admission round for places at
secondary school only 57 people put Kings International down as their first preference
and the Council forsee this figure reducing in future years and believe that
this is “too low a level to sustain a successful secondary school.” So the Council are considering a merger of
Tomlinscote with Kings International into a single school “probably” operating
on two sites.
The Local Authority and the two schools will discuss the plan
and put together a detailed proposal that will be consulted upon at the start
of the summer term. There will also be a number of public meetings held. The consultation process would last for one
full academic term (ie the Summer Term 2011)