The Future of Secondary Education in Burnham
As we said at the meeting, it is fundamental that we demonstrate that there is demand for local secondary provision. If you have not already done so please do complete our questionnaire which can be found here
You will no doubt be aware that E-Act Burnham Park Academy closed at the end of last academic year due to the number of students entering Year 7 significantly decreasing over the last 4 or more years, making the school unable to offer a viable secondary curriculum.
This is a sad end to a school with over 50 years of history that has served the Burnham community well for much of its history. At the present time Burnham students will either go to Burnham Grammar School or will go to a secondary school in Slough, Maidenhead or Bourne End Academy, which is also run by E-Act. Many of these schools offer an excellent education, however, as building programmes in Slough and Maidenhead gather pace it is clear that in the near future it is likely that students from Burnham may not be able to gain places in either Slough or Maidenhead secondary schools as they will live too far away. Quite simply there is a very clear danger that children in Burnham may have very limited options for secondary education if they do not attend Burnham Grammar School.
The Trustees of Beeches Learning and Development Trust (BLDT), which is led by Burnham Grammar School, and the Governors of Lent Rise School have been greatly concerned by this situation and the potential impact on the Burnham community. Both have been jointly in discussion with Buckinghamshire County Council, who also share these concerns, and the Regional Schools Commissioner to discuss possible long term solutions. Currently we are discussing the possibility of developing a ‘Through’ school. If we were to pursue this proposal Lent Rise may join the BLDT; a full consultation in the future would precede any formal decision.
Discussions are at a very early stage but we do need to understand local demand and need for non-selective secondary education to support our vision. The following survey is available for you to share you views:
We are hosting a public meeting on Thursday 10th October 7pm in Burnham Library to share this information and publicise the survey. Please do not hesitate to talk to us if you require any additional information, but we would like to emphasise that discussions are at an early stage with the Regional Schools Commissioner and we will keep the community informed.
Dr A Gillespie Mrs Jill Watson
Exec Head BLDT Headteacher
Beeches Learning and Development Trust Lent Rise School