Free school planned

Bid for fund­ing for new Hilling­don sec­ondary

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

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.

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