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Kemnal College boys’ school in Sidcup to open to girls

PUBLISHED: 10:50 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 29 December 2017

Kemnal Technology College

Kemnal Technology College

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A boys’ college is appealing for particular type of student to fill its classrooms – girls.

Kemnal Technology College has been an 11-16 boys’ school with a mixed sixth form.

However, over recent years the demand for places has fallen.

This means the college is currently undersubscribed, and education chiefs there want to turn that around.

The governors, headteacher and academy sponsor, the Kemnal Academies Trust, have been working together on just this problem.

They said finding a rapid solution is vital and have considered different options to increase pupil numbers.

Their current proposal is that the school in Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, will become co-educational, admitting girls from September 2019.

School leaders said they feel this move reflects the school’s inclusive ethos and believe that all pupils should be encouraged to make the best all-round progress; academic, physical, personal, social and emotional, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment, background or disability.

Headteacher Rob Pett said: “This proposal is an exciting opportunity for Kemnal Technology College to better serve the community and transform itself into a highly inclusive school, for the benefit of all.”

Governors commenced a consultation on this proposal with all interested parties, and this will conclude on January 22.

It appears the way forward.

Recently, Ofsted’s chief inspector defended single-sex education after winning an appeal which found a Birmingham school’s segregation of boys from girls amounted to unlawful sex discrimination.

Amanda Spielman said schools practising “rigid gender segregation should now be on notice that they need to change”.

She added: “If women are to take their full place in a world which is, to some degree, loaded against them, then it is reasonable for parents to choose single-sex schools, to stop girls from selecting themselves out of some areas of education.

To comment on TKAT, complete an online survey, or attend meetings on Tuesday, January 9 between 6pm-7pm or on Tuesday, January 16 between 2.30pm-3.30pm, both at the 
college, or fill in the questionnaire at the college reception by 5pm on Monday, January 22.

The questionnaire is at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KemnalTC

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