A grammar stream will be introduced at Goodwin Academy, the school's principal has confirmed, and implemented from September 2019.
I called for a grammar stream when I met with Mr Smith and Stuart Gardner, the chief executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust in July.
Goodwin Academy is joining Thinking Schools in September 2018, when twice as many pupils are set to enter Year 7. The year group has been increased to seven forms due to high demand, with 197 children starting at the Deal school, compared to 104 last year.
I'm delighted that the Goodwin Academy is introducing a grammar stream. It shows just how ambitious the new Thinking Schools Academy Trust is for what students can achieve. This school – with the new £25 million building we fought for, a great new sponsor in Thinking Schools and huge demand for Year 7 places – clearly has so much potential. I'm determined to do everything I can to support local parents and students – and make this school a huge success.
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