Trust aims to open an­other free school

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

PLANS for a new sec­ondary school and sixth form in Mid­dles­brough are be­ing pro­posed to meet “growing de­mand” for school places in the town.

Out­wood Grange Academies Trust has ap­plied to open a new 1118 academy - Out­wood Academy James Cook - as a free school in the TS4 and cen­tral area of the town.

The trust plans to open the new school in Septem­ber 2019 and prom­ises to build a “new state of the art build­ing”.

How­ever, no ex­act lo­ca­tion for the school - which would be­come Teesside’s sec­ond sec­ondary free school - has been re­vealed.

Out­wood Grange al­ready runs Out­wood Academy By­dales, in Marske, Out­wood Academy Ack­lam, Out­wood Academy Ormesby and in Septem­ber last year be­gan spon­sor­ing Bish­ops­garth School in Stock­ton.

In a state­ment, the trust said: “We have a well-es­tab­lished com­mit­ment to the fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity of Mid­dles­brough and al­ready suc­cess­fully lead Out­wood Academy of Ack­lam, ranked in the top 3% na­tion­ally for its progress and Out­wood Academy Ormesby, a rapidly im­prov­ing school that re­ceived its high­est ever re­sults in 2016.

“As part of the Out­wood Grange fam­ily of schools, the new academy will op­er­ate our well-es­tab­lished and highly re­garded sys­tems, cur­ricu­lum and in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion.

“All stu­dents will ac­cess a broad and bal­anced knowl­edge-rich cur­ricu­lum.”

The trust said the academy would spe­cialise in math­e­mat­ics.

It is planned the school will take in 210 Year 7 stu­dents in Septem­ber 2019.

It is then aimed to grow to its full ca­pac­ity of 1,050 sec­ondary places and 400 sixth form places by 2024 “to meet the growing de­mand for sec­ondary school places in Mid­dles­brough”.

The trust added: “We want to en- gage with lo­cal peo­ple to share our as­pi­ra­tions and plans for the school and are very in­ter­ested in your views.

“We in­vite you to visit our web­site to find out more about our vi­sion and the ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion we of­fer our stu­dents.

“We wel­come your com­ments, en­cour­age you to reg­is­ter your sup­port on­line, com­plete our on­line sur­vey and sign up for up­dates on fu­ture meet­ings.”

The first meet­ing is at Out­wood Academy, Ack­lam, on Thurs­day, March 16, from 5.30pm-6.30pm.

To find out more, visit www.out­

Out­wood Grange Academies Trust al­ready has schools at Ormesby, above, and Out­wood, be­low

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