Tudor Grange Academy

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Plans which could change the borough's school system have been delayed until 2016.

Tudor Grange Academy Redditch (TGAR) had been consulting on changing their age range from 13 - 18yrs to 11 - 18yrs.

The move was met with a protest from people who were concerned it could destabilise the town's middle schools and lead to the creation of a two tier education system.

Rebecca played an instrumental part in calling upon TGAR to halt their consultation so that they could make time to work with all schools, children, parents and the wider community in coming to a decision that the majority of the town can support.

Rebecca Blake said "Thank goodness a pause has been afforded to Redditch schools, who have been thrown into chaos since Tudor Grange Academy Redditch (TGAR) unilaterally announced it was forging ahead with changing to a two tier system, despite concerns from just about everyone in the town".

"I have repeated my calls directly to the current Headteacher Mr Brownlow and to the soon to be Head of the Trust Clare Maclean in a meeting last week.  I believe they should work with all schools, parents, children and Worcestershire County Council to come up with a plan that the majority of the town can get behind and this pause will provide the time to do this".

"I believe the strength of feeling in the town was underestimated by TGAR and after the successful Redditch School Changes Facebook campaign and the 1800 name petition asking them to halt the consultation and work with others, along with many other representations.  

"I will continue to raise my concerns with Worcestershire County Council and the Department for Education. The genie is out of the bottle with three other schools consulting on a change of age range and the absence of co-ordination will be to the detriment of our children's education. Having no plan for the future of education in Redditch is as good as planning for failure".

"I will always support improving education for our children, however until I hear evidence of how two tier will achieve improved education I will not support the TGAR proposal."

For up to date information please visit the parents group Redditch School Changes on Facebook.

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