This September, 61 new free schools open their doors to pupils for the very first time. Having taken a look at five exciting 2019 openers last week, we continue to celebrate the back to school period with five more new free school profiles.
Poppyfield Primary Academy
Poppyfield Primary Academy is a new 210 place primary school in Cannock, Staffordshire. The school opens this September for children of Nursery and Reception age, with one class per year group, and the aim of growing year-on-year up to Year 6. The new school will offer a broad, balanced and bespoke curriculum through innovative community learning challenges within and beyond the classroom. Like all Victoria Academies Trust schools, the Poppyfield Primary Academy curriculum is based on the principles of NICER©, the trust’s unique problem-solving learning framework which uses a series of immersive, purposeful challenges to develop pupils critical thinking, resilience, collaboration and resourcefulness. Reading, writing and maths in the trust’s other schools are well above national and regional averages. In the past, Victoria Academies Trust managed to transform an academy from Special Measures to Outstanding in precisely 1000 days. Poppyfield Primary will meet the growing demand for school places in the area and will give local parents greater choice in their children’s education.
Springwell Alternative Academy
The successful Wellspring Academy Trust is opening the Springwell Alternative Academy, a 4-16 alternative provision (AP) school in Mablethorpe, North East Lincolnshire. The new school is offering 63 places for pupils with social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties, excluded children and teenage mothers. The school is one of four new AP schools established by the Wellspring Academy Trust, which refers to itself as a community rather than a trust. The school will offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on nurture, mastery of basic skills, literacy and technology enhanced learning. Pupils will be academically stretched, and encouraged to pursue GCSE study. Meanwhile, pupils’ social and emotional needs will be addressed through personalised programmes of support including therapeutic intervention, vocational learning, family support and welfare support. Teachers with expertise in special educational needs will be on hand to help children in need of the support. Where appropriate, pupils will be encouraged to reintegrate into a mainstream setting. All Springwell pupils will leave the provision as confident, well-rounded members of the community.
Bronte Girls’ Academy
Named after the Bronte sisters, who were born in nearby Thornton, Bronte Girls’ Academy is a new 600 place 11-16 school for girls. Proposed by the Feversham Education Trust, the school will push pupils to achieve educational excellence within an inclusive, stimulating learning environment. Small class sizes will ensure that the needs of every child are recognised and met by school staff and leaders. The school intends to become a centre of excellence for STEM subjects and hopes to encourage many more girls to get involved in STEM through a series of STEM days, video conferences with multi-national companies, and school visits from entrepreneurs. Pupils will develop their skills and knowledge through application and enquiry. The school will provide opportunities for students to develop employability skills, preparing them for work in STEM-related fields, or to go on to study STEM in further or higher education. The school’s social enterprise programme is designed to engage pupils in charity work and volunteering, and pupils will be encouraged to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities to develop existing talents and discover new ones.
Nerrols Primary School
Nerrols Primary School opens in Taunton, Somerset to meet the growing demand for school places in the area. It will provide 210 places for 4-11 year olds along with a 26 place nursery. The school is part of the Richard Huish Trust, a multi-academy trust with one secondary and three primary schools. The school will promote a green, sustainable lifestyle. Parents and carers will be encouraged to walk or cycle with their children to school, with bike spaces provided. The school’s nursery is situated next to the recently planted Somerset Wood, which will provide opportunities for forest school activities. The teaching and learning experience will be informed by technology, with a touchscreen display and tablets to enhance learning in every classroom. The school has been designed to be used by members of the local community, both during and outside the school day, and intends to become the heart of the community.
Hucknall Flying High Academy
Established by The Flying High Trust, Hucknall Flying High Academy is a new primary school based on the former Watnall Road Rolls Royce site. The trust has a proven track record of school improvement and strong outcomes in the East Midlands. The school will benefit the whole community who will have access to the new state of the art facilities. Based on the models used in other Flying High schools, Hucknall Flying High Academy’s curriculum is based on a clear understanding of the different ways children learn, and seeks to inspire confidence and creativity in those who study it. Acknowledging the importance of values, the curriculum and learning environment will encourage children to develop emotional resilience, and will be relevant and engaging as they prepare for life in the 21st century.