Schools set to merge

RAMSEY Abbey and Ailwyn Schools will merge with a new name in September. An independent educational consultant described the educational case for amalgamation as overwhelming . The merger will create a voluntary controlled, non-denominational school cat

RAMSEY Abbey and Ailwyn Schools will merge with a new name in September.

An independent educational consultant described the educational case for amalgamation as "overwhelming".

The merger will create a voluntary controlled, non-denominational school catering for about 1,800 pupils between 11 and 18.

Pupils will no longer have to change schools after SATs tests in Year 9 at age 14.

Larger subject departments will develop expertise and raise teaching standards, Cambridgeshire County Council said.

Wayne Birks, to be headteacher of the new school and currently head of Ramsey Abbey, said: "We plan to build on the strengths and traditions of both schools, and create one new school with its own distinct identity and ethos.

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"It will enable us to strive for educational excellence across the curriculum.

"We shall be working with staff, students, and the local community to select an appropriate name."

The final decision on the amalgamation - which attracted widespread support from pupils, staff, governors, and the community - was made by the Cambridgeshire school organisation committee.

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