Consultation Letter to Parents February 2015

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Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to consult you on our plans to slightly increase the overall number of students at Homewood. Our planned admission number has been 360 for some years now but last year the Governors decided to increase this to 390 in readiness for the increase in demand over the coming years. In the event, we only actually took in 374 pupils into Year 7. However, a planned admission number of 390 means that the school now has the potential to grow from its current 2230 students to 2380 over the next five years. In addition, the sixth form has increased over the past two years and will increase further with the Government policy of students remaining in education or training until they are 18. With this aspect as well, the capacity of the school will rise to an absolute maximum of 2500 over the next five years.

To accommodate this potential growth, we are planning an exciting new build, located near the Purcell building (Music block), which will provide us 10 additional classrooms and some study space. We have planning permission for the build and have made an application to the Department for Education for the funds we will need to build it. However, as part of this process, we need to offer you the opportunity to comment on our planned growth in numbers. If you have any comments about this, please let us know by e-mailing the school on info@homewood.kent.sch.uk or writing to me at the school’s address. Please mark your e-mail or letter with “Response to consultation” and return your comments to us by Friday 13 March. We will collate all the responses and let you know the outcome of the consultation before Easter.

The proposed increase in capacity represents a fairly small percentage of our current capacity and will not cause an increase in class sizes as we will ensure sufficient staffing to keep group sizes at their current level. We do not envisage your children noticing any change in their day to day experience at school.

Thank you for your attention. I look forward to receiving your responses to this proposal.

Yours sincerely

S J Lees

Principal

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