08 MAR 2016

MP celebrates Cranbrook School's successful campaign

School to admit Year 7 students from 2017

Cranbrook School is celebrating a watershed moment in its almost 500 year history as Government approves their application to admit year 7 students from 2017.

Pupils will now be able to join the school from the age of 11 instead of having to wait until they are 13 which will improve access for the whole community.

Local MP Helen Grant has been working with the Governors and the Head of the school for many months in order to achieve this important change and the good news arrived last week by way of a letter from the Education Funding Agency.

Helen said 'Supporting our local schools was one of my election pledges and I wrote several times to the Secretary of State at various stages as the Cranbrook application progressed. Mine was but a small part in the process and full credit must go to the Headmaster Dr Weeds for his vision and dogged determination and to the Board of Governors for their unswerving support. I look forward to meeting the first year 7 students when they arrive in September next year'.

Headmaster Dr John Weeds said 'I would like to thank our MP Helen Grant for all of her support over the years, for our bid to change the age range at Cranbrook School. Our success is the product of a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but Helen's backing too has been absolutely vital'.

Chairman of Governors James Peace said 'Cranbrook School is delighted to have been granted permission to admit 11 year olds for the first time in over 40 years. This is excellent news both for the school and the local community. Even better is the timing – Cranbrook is celebrating its 500th anniversary in 2018. What better way to start a new era for the school!'

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