The Hart School in Rugeley to consult on plans
to unite upper and lower schools on one site
The Hart School in Rugeley has announced a consultation in respect of an ambitious proposal to unite its upper and lower schools on a single site. The Hart School was created two years ago with the merger of Hagley Park and Fair Oak schools and has recorded considerable successes. In its first year, the Hart School was ranked second of 25 schools in the area, and in 2016/17 it achieved pupil progress scores that placed it in the top 20% of all schools in the country.
The school’s leadership team today unveiled plans to create a new, improved learning environment for its 1,200 pupils on the lower school site in Penkridge Bank Road. Additional investment into the site will see the creation of a bespoke sixth form centre, additional classrooms, rooms for interventions and small group work, larger teaching spaces for ‘lecture style’ teaching delivery, improved dining facilities, including more outdoor eating areas and recreational space, and the redesign of the unused swimming pool building.
In a letter to parents, carers and students, Chris Keen, the school’s Principal, said: “Whilst acknowledging the benefit of running both upper and lower schools, the cost of operating two sites is financially challenging. Our resources need to be focused on helping our pupils to succeed, providing more and better resources for their learning, rather than maintaining underused buildings and grounds across two sites.”
The proposal will create a fresh and flexible school environment, enabling The Hart School to continue meeting the needs of the growing, local community. It will also eliminate the wear and tear on staff, who currently commute between the two sites, and reduce the school’s overall environmental footprint.
Chris Keen continued: “Our sixth form has enjoyed year-on-year improvements, resulting in increased attainment, with more students now being accepted into the top universities in the country. This year we are also delighted to announce applications to Cambridge University for the first time.
“With equal importance to these academic advancements, The Hart School has provided more fantastic opportunities for pupils to participate in both sporting and performing arts than ever before. Overall, The Hart School has stretching goals for its pupils and we believe that the proposal to move onto one site will continue to support all our ambitions.”
All parents and interested members of the local community are being urged to take part in the consultation, which will include Q&A sessions, to help shape the next phase of the school’s development. People wishing to make a comment or to register interest for the forthcoming events should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair of the Academy Council, Alan Murphy, said: “We are continually striving to provide the best education that we possibly can for all of our children. This proposal will enable us to provide more opportunities for creativity and ‘extra-curricular activities’ and to allow younger pupils to be inspired and mentored by the older students.
“The consultation will inform our decision-making and we would urge everyone who has an interest in the school to take up the chance to get involved in the next phase of the school’s future and continued development.”
Sourced from Sam Bird Head of Marketing and Communications The Hart School Rugeley