The future of Cheshunt School

Published: 01 Mar 2017

Hertfordshire County Council is working in partnership with Goffs and Cheshunt Schools to secure a new and exciting future for Cheshunt School.

Hertfordshire County Council has been working closely with Cheshunt School to explore possible options for its future, in light of its low pupil numbers and unsustainable financial position.  Hertfordshire County Council, Goffs and Cheshunt Schools have now developed an exciting proposal for Cheshunt to become an academy and join the Goffs ‘Generations’ Multi-Academy Trust with effect from from 1 September 2017. 

Both schools would remain separate entities – not a merger – each with its own distinct ethos and student roll. The new school would have a new name, uniform and set of expectations, mirroring the policies and expectations of Goffs School.

The proposal, supported by both schools, is an exciting opportunity to secure a sustainable future for Cheshunt School. It will promote good educational outcomes for pupils and create opportunities for staff at both schools. The close proximity of the schools is of significant advantage, enabling efficient and effective working. This proposal requires support from the County Council’s Cabinet and will be considered at its meeting on Monday 13 March.    

David Williams, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It is a priority for the county council to make sure young people get the best start in life and we work closely with schools to maintain and improve the quality of learning.

“The next steps are to progress this with both schools to put in place a smooth transition. We believe this is the right outcome for the current and future pupils at Cheshunt School”

The Chair of Governors at Goffs said: “We are very much looking forward to taking this project forward. This as an opportunity to build on the very best of Cheshunt School and also employ many successful strategies used at Goffs to help improve outcomes and grow pupil numbers.  We look forward to working with current Cheshunt staff, pupils and Governors, and to continuing to serve the local community.”

The Chair of Governors at Cheshunt School said: “We are very excited about this opportunity and believe this offers the best possible outcome for our current and future pupils and staff.  We are looking forward to working with Goffs and the local authority over the coming months whilst this proposal is developed”

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