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Two Schools in Ramsgate set to merge into Academy

It has been announced by the Governors of The Ellington & Hereson School and Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate that the two schools will join together.

The new school is called The Augustus Pugin Academy and is set to open in September 2015.

The schools joining is in response to a recent decline in student numbers at Marlowe Academy that has resulted in financial issues.

This is then combined with the strong academic performance of The Ellington & Hereson School alongside its limited 600 student capacity.

New Academy seeks to improve results all round Credit: PA

The Ellington & Hereson School has had high academic results which they hope to carry over into the new school.

The Augustus Pugin Academy will also be able to handle the increase in demand of secondary school places predicted in 2018.

The new school will be led by the current Ellington & Hereson School Headteacher Mr Simon Pullen.

Discussions are about to begin with all those involved regarding the arrangements for the change.

I believe that the circumstances are right for this fresh approach that will bring significant benefits to students of the existing schools and their communities. The new school will be able to benefit from some superb facilities, including an eight lane athletics track, and it will offer a broader curriculum, a wealth of enrichment activities and a stronger sixth form, with greater breadth of provision.

– Chair of Marlowe Academy Governors Sir Roger De Haan
New school set to merge in September 2016

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Anxious day for families as school places offered

Families will find out via email, letters and websites Credit: PA

It's set to be an anxious day for parents and children across the region as thousands of secondary school places are allocated.

Emails and letters will let people know if they've received their first choices.

Different counties handle the process in different ways . In Medway, for example, nearly 95 per cent of primary aged children have been offered one of their preference places at secondary school according to the Council.

If you have a problem with a decision affecting you or your child, please let us know by emailing us the details on itvnewsmeridian@itv.com

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