Free school planned
Bid for funding for new Hillingdon secondary
PLANS are being drawn up for a new secondary free school in Hillingdon to meet the demand for more classroom places.
Gates Academy would, if granted funding by the government, be a free school for 11-18 year olds opening in September 2017, on a site still to be found but most likely north of the A40 in Hillingdon.
Free schools are set up and owned by charities, and cannot make a profit. They are independent, state-funded schools with the same legal status as academies.
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Kishan Devani, lead proposer for the new school, said: “We will ensure an outstanding broad and balanced curriculum for our learners, in which they will be able to discover and explore their talents and creativity in depth, so they can excel academically.
“Global citizenship and British values will also be an essential element to our curriculum and reflect the diversity of the area both locally and nationally.”
Gates will focus on five ‘cornerstones’ to provide a modern 21st Century educational framework: global citizenship, academia, the arts, enterprise and sports.
The school will have 120 pupils in each year group and offer an extended school day for all pupils with extra curricular activities.
Cllr David Simmonds, cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Hillingdon Council has an excellent track record of ensuring every child in the borough has access to a quality school place as close to home as possible.
“The delivery of our primary school expansion programme has been one of the largest and most successful programmes of its kind in London.
“As the demand
for school places will continue to grow and move into secondary schools we are actively looking at all options to ensure every child of secondary school age has access to a school place and we welcome providers who can bring new opportunities for Hillingdon’s children.”
Gates Academy is inviting parents, especially those with children currently in Year 4 and Year 5, to register their interest at www. gatesacademy.org.
This will help show evidence of local demand for the school’s application to the Department for Education, they say.