17 December 2018
Andrew Bridgen calls for Government support for schools wanting to move away from the middle and upper school system

Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to support local schools that want to transition away from the middle and upper school system so pupils do not need to change schools only five terms before they take their GCSE exams.

Secondary School Standards

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

4. What steps his Department is taking to raise standards in secondary schools. [908212]

The Secretary of State for Education (Damian Hinds)

The dedication of teachers along with our reforms has seen the proportion of good or outstanding secondary schools increase from 64% to 75%, in terms of the pupils in them, between 2010 and 2018.

Andrew Bridgen

Unlike the vast majority of senior schools, most of my constituency still operates a middle and upper school system. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the all-through education model is better for raising standards and preferable to pupils having to move school only five terms before they take their GCSE exams? Will he do everything in his power to assist schools in North West Leicestershire that want to transition to the 11-to-16 model?

Damian Hinds

These decisions are best made at a local level in the light of the local circumstances, but to support schools that decide to change their age range, we publish online guidance for maintained schools and academies on the process involved. I am pleased that my hon. Friend is in touch with my right hon. Friend the Minister for School Standards.