Department for Education gives school approval


Cavendish School’s proposal to become an all-through school by the addition of a nursery and primary has received approval from the Department for Education.

The Eldon Road school received confirmation in a letter last week from the DFE’s Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner, South East and South London.

He wrote, “I am pleased to confirm I have approved the Cavendish School’s application to include a primary provision for September 2015 as set out in your business case proposal submitted to the Education Funding Agency.”

The school says the DFE approval is a significant step in the process for Cavendish to become an all-through school from September 2015 and has been welcomed by the governors and staff of the school.

Ian Swingler, acting headteacher, said, “This is great news and we are delighted to receive this seal of approval from the Department For Education. We believe our proposal to develop an all-through school at Cavendish will provide high quality and sustainable education for our young people.

“There has been considerable support for our plans from the community and many parents have already registered their children to start reception this coming September.”

The final decision on whether the primary school will go ahead will be made at a county council meeting soon.