RANELAGH LAUNCHES 'SPECIAL' STATUS BID
November 28, 2002
Ranelagh School won beacon status in 1999, and now staff and governors want to build on that by achieving ‘specialist school' status.
Specialist schools are pioneering schools which use a better level of funding to focus not only on improving standards but also on acting as a resource for the local community.
As part of the process of becoming a specialist school, Ranelagh must raise £50,000, and at least half of this money must come from sponsorship by business partners.
If the school raises the sum, the government will add £100,000 for a capital project, and give £123 per pupil, per year, for four years.
Headteacher Kathy Winrow said: "We have explored carefully the benefits both to the school and the local community — including business and commerce.
"Our proposal is exciting and unique and will ensure both enhanced curriculum and community provision.
"It will greatly assist Ranelagh in providing lifelong learning for people in the local business community.
"The more help we get, the more we can benefit others."
She added there were "many ways" in which businesses could benefit from their involvement, including use of the school's ICT and training facilities and use of the new Sports Hall, which opens in January 2004.
School governor Chris Cordrey said: "Building on high standards deserving of a beacon school, Ranelagh is well prepared for specialist school status."
Any business wanting to become a partner or be involved in any other way should contact Kathy Winrow on (01344) 421233, fax (01344) 301811 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org