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New Harlow school SFG College already oversubscribed

Education / Sun 21st Mar 2021 at 09:44am

A SCHOOL which is yet to move out of temporary accommodation and into its permanent home is already oversubscribed.

Sir Frederick Gibberd College, in Harlow, has attracted many applications from students keen to join this September’s Year 7.

A total of 465 students have applied to join the school, with 156 listing it as their first choice.

Just 180 students will be able to join the next Year 7 cohort, the first year the school will be based in its brand-new building.

The figures place the school as the third most sought after in the town, despite it only opening two years ago and operating from temporary accommodation on the grounds of Burnt Mill Academy.

Headteacher Dee Conlon said: “I am absolutely delighted with the level of interest expressed in Sir Frederick Gibberd College by parents/carers. Our reputation in the community is growing rapidly and with the move to the new building, as well as our sixth form opening, I am very much looking forward to September 2021.

“When I speak to parents/carers about what attracts them to Sir Frederick Gibberd, the most common reasons they state are our academic curriculum offer, focus on reading and high expectations. 

“We are already an oversubscribed school and in the next two years our student numbers will reach 1,300 and then grow further to reach our full capacity of 1,700 students. 

“It is an incredible, but tough journey. However, our wonderful children make it all worthwhile and I cannot thank our staff enough for all they do.”

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