After twenty years of ‘battle’, Dwinzigt Hafu was finally allowed to go

The Fioretti Teylingen Foundation From Voorhout he receives permission from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to set up a new school in Oegstgeest. It is about a HAVO education in the Duinzigt sector of Teylingen College. This decision fulfills the long-awaited desire of the school.

At the Wijttenbachlaan School in Oegstgeest, HAVO is already taught, but after three HAVO students had to switch schools. This will continue to be the case in the next academic year. From the 2023-2024 academic year, HAVO students can complete their education at Duinzigt. In that first year, Deputy Director Frank de Haan took three HAVO 4 classes, and after one year it doubled, because then three HAVO 5 classes were added. In total there are 150 students. “This means that all students now in Hafu can complete their education at Duinzigt,” says De Haan.

No interventions are necessary in the building to accommodate those six additional classrooms. “Now we’re completely comfortable with ourselves,” says de Haan. “In 1999 we merged with Leeuwenhorst in Noordwijkerhout. That school offered general secondary education, and by building tolerance, students also attended Duindigt HAVO education for a few years. Eventually, after years of political and legal battle, this building had to be finished in 2007. At that time, the school had about 900 students.Now there are about six hundred.

Chris de Ward visited the Duensigt section of Tailingen College and spoke with Vice Principal Frank de Haan about permission to introduce Hafu 4 and 5 as well.

demand measurement
For twenty years now, De Haan and his colleagues have been trying to obtain permission to teach full HAVO. When the new “More Room for New Schools” law came into effect in 2020, the process finally started to move. To be eligible for funding for a new school, you must first demonstrate that there is sufficient interest in the area in which the school will be located. A so-called measurement of interest must be made for this purpose. Parents were asked to submit a statement. Duinzigt collected approximately 320 of those paternalistic statements. More than enough for the official app. That was done last year.

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quality of education
The inspection body’s assessment of the expected quality of education is sufficient for all safety requirements. This means that the advice of the inspection body on the expected quality of education is positive. Very special in view of the fact that out of sixteen applications for new schools, only two were granted by the Ministry. This makes Duinzigt Havo’s arrival a reality. School funding will begin on August 1, 2023.

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