‘Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted may not survive without education shake up,’ says Potten End head

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A TOWN’S only state school for pupils aged 13 to 18 may close unless something is done, the headteacher of a neighbouring school has warned.

People in Berkhamsted and the surrounding villages are being asked whether the area should switch from three- to two-tier education.

The public consultation, which runs until Friday, April 27, was launched in response to a shortage in reception school places in the town.

Another option is that Bridgewater Middle School in the town’s Bridle Way has a first school built next to it.

But Jane Senior, headteacher of Potten End C of E First School, said: “Schools are funded by bums on seats.

“Ashlyns has got about 740 pupils – to make a secondary school economic, it needs around 1,100.

“It has been struggling for quite a long time.”

Read the full sotry in the Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette, out now.