CCHSG is one of only 16 grammar schools, across 12 counties in England to have been given a share of the Department for Education's £50m selective school expansion fund. The fund supports the expansion of selective schools that have plans to improve access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
CCHSG is currently consulting on an expansion of student numbers for September 2020, potentially increasing admissions from 160 to 190. This is also a time of significant growth in the national number of students reaching secondary age. Across Colchester this increase is to be reflected in the establishment of an entirely new secondary school, approved by the Secretary of State last year, as part of the Local Authority’s 10 year plan. The Trinity College, in the Northern Growth Area of Colchester, is to be jointly led by Colchester County High School and The Gilberd School. To allow for expansion permission has also be granted for CCHSG to begin applications for planning to create new buildings on the school site. It is hoped to construct a new teaching block with enhanced facilities focussing on art, a school library and additional teaching space.
Executive Principal Gillian Marshall said:
“We are delighted by this decision, which potentially means that more students will benefit from the high quality educational opportunities that we can offer. We have always been keen to ensure that we prioritise access for disadvantaged students, and we have significant involvement with outreach and partnership work with local schools. The additional funding will enable us to give this important aspect of the school’s work even greater focus.”