Dear parents and carers:
In 2013, Chesterton Community College was invited to expand the school with a £10M capital investment. This was due to the fact that demographic figures clearly showed that by 2019, there will be a critical shortfall of secondary school places for local children.
For no apparent reason, the project has been delayed by the council. It is A FACT that by 2019, when all secondary school places are allocated, there will still be over 80 children in this area who will NOT have a secondary school place within their catchment. It is also a fact, that Chesterton is the only secondary school in Cambridge that has not had a significant capital investment.
What does this mean for you?
If you have another child who is currently in year 4 or below, this will have a direct impact on your parental choice of secondary education for your child. Even if you live in catchment or indeed your child has a sibling attending Chesterton at that time, this WILL AFFECT YOU!
Delaying the project also has significant impact on the school and its current students as it means that facilities (such as the performance and canteen spaces) which are currently woefully inadequate become even more out of date. In addition, funding is a key issue for schools, and turning students away, because of lack of space, is reducing the income of the school. Chesterton as a developing institution will continue to recruit the very best staff but, if there is no investment in the future of the school, this will be jeopardised.
Complacency won’t help – if you want to have a say in your child’s future education, come to the:
Open Public Meeting about the Future Plans for Chesterton
on 24 January 2017 at Milton Road Primary School from 19:30 till 21:00
Key decision makers from the council will be attending the meeting, sharing their views, and answering questions. Councillors Jocelynne Scutt, Lucy Nethsingha, Ian Manning, Zoe Moghadas are confirmed to attend.
They need to see that a significant number of parents are concerned. A poor turnout may well indicate a lack of concern – we must act now!
Mateja Jamnik Bierman