Green light for schools merger

Graham School exterior.  0939102e picture by Kevin Allen              26/09/09
Graham School exterior. 0939102e picture by Kevin Allen 26/09/09

PLANS for Graham and Raincliffe secondary schools to become one school from next September have been backed by North Yorkshire County Council.

The council was approached by the governing body of the two schools to pursue the extended opportunities governors believe can be achieved by becoming one school through the expansion of Graham School.

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Parents of the two schools were overwhelmingly positive about the proposal during a recent consultation and no objections were raised during the publication of statutory notices.

It is believed that merging the two schools will bring together leadership, staff and students to help raise student achievement further and provide a wider range of curriculum options.

A single enlarged Graham School will be created from September 2012 following a 12 month transition period and to cease to maintain Raincliffe as a separate school.

From this September 2011 the schools will operate with a shared staff, one lunch, a one week timetable and a common curriculum for all students.

Years 7 and 8 have been organised as a lower school on the Raincliffe site and years 9, 10 and 11 have been organised as an upper school based on the existing Graham School site.

Garry Hancock, executive headteacher of Graham and Raincliffe schools, said: “This is the final step in our transition to becoming one school. It enables us to improve the facilities, curriculum and educational opportunities that we provide. This will result in improved achievements for our students. It also provides an excellent resource for the local community.

“We look forward to describing our vision for the new lower and upper school structure to new families at our Open Evening on Tuesday September 27 at the Lower School site.”