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Kenilworth School aims for ‘world class’ in community heart

MHLC-02-07-13 Kenilworth school Jul 30
 Hayden Abbott, head teacher, Kenilworth School .

MHLC-02-07-13 Kenilworth school Jul 30 Hayden Abbott, head teacher, Kenilworth School .

Apprenticeships, partnerships and sponsorship are on the cards to ease the effect of cuts at Kenilworth School and secure its outstanding future.

School staff are appealing for help from town businesses to help the school cement itself as ‘world class’ in education.

As well as to help retain the latest ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating, the move will tackle a drop in funding for the Leyes Lane site following Government cuts and low pupil numbers.

In October, the school launched its 2020 Vision to help tackle the funding problems by opening itself up for wider community use.

But staff are now looking to go one step further with the ambitious and all-encompassing plans which include to offer apprenticeships, partnership links and even request sponsorship from companies willing to come on board.

It is hoped that by offering locally based work placements and apprenticeships they can create ‘mutually beneficial’ relationships for everyone.

And head teacher, Hayden Abbott explained it was all about keeping the school at the heart of the community.

“If we want the school to flourish and keep its outstanding status then we need to work to make sure our pupils are getting the very most from their education,” he said.

“This isn’t just about classroom teaching and we want to be world class in providing that all round education.”

He explained that the school already has links with countries around the world, including Uyogo in Tanzania and that pupils help raise thousands of pounds for global charity projects each year.

Achievement has been praised as eight sixth form students this year secured Oxbridge university places.

Staff are now looking closer to home for the future of all pupils as they call for ideas.

Mr Abbott said: “The next step is what we can give back and how we can work in partnership with the town to build on the school and education.

“We want to offer something for everyone and have to look at the future of every young person, not just those who go on to sixth form.”

Due to a cut in Government ‘head count funding’ and around 30 fewer pupils in the school this year, extra pressure is on to bring in revenue.

The school has already extended its catchment area and looked at opening the buildings for wider education to bring in revenue. But it insists the new move is “not about money”.

As well as financial support or sponsorship for learning schemes, the school hopes to build and attract new training opportunities for leavers.

Any town business can contact the school to help either financially or in setting up learning partnerships.

 

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