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New partnership formed between Dorney School and Burnham Grammar School

A school in Dorney has been taken out of special measures after forming a new multi-academy trust with Burnham Grammar School in Hogfair Lane.

As of June 1, Dorney School in Harcourt Close joined the Burnham secondary school in the Beeches Learning And Development Trust, which was created following a request from the Department for Education following an Ofsted inspection in the summer of 2015 which put the Dorney school into special measures.

Burnham Grammar School will be supporting the staff of the Dorney School to improve the standard of teaching, as well as assist in the behind the scenes running of the school.

Dr Andy Gillespie, headteacher at Burnham Grammar School said: “Under the direction of new headteacher Henrik Rademacher the teaching team at Dorney have transformed teaching and learning since the inspection.”


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  • LawrenceLinehan

    01:01, 02 July 2017

    Grammar schools teach young people aged 11 to 18 and are defended by their enthusiasts as being the only possible way of developing the talents of ‘the more academically able’ children to university entrance level. The website for Dorney Schools says that it teaches children up to the age of 11 – presumably endowing them with fundamental skills in literacy and numeracy before the rest of their journey through school and life. I wonder how a grammar school can help a failing school for children aged 4 to 11. Commonsense would suggest that it is a pointless exercise – do any highly successful junior or infant schools help failing secondary modern schools in the county? (Unless of course the aim of this pairing is to show that grammar schools are in there with all the rest of us helping and not hindering the rest of the education system in Bucks.)



    • LawrenceLinehan

      00:12, 03 July 2017

      No - the Conservatives have too much respect for the intelligence of their average fellow-citizens to do that!



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