Local School Heads Plan New 'Free School'

Mixed, multi-faith school for Brentford and Isleworth by 2017

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A group of local secondary head teachers is applying to open their own free school in the Brentford and Isleworth area.

They say they have the full support of local primary head teachers and the local authority and hope to open the mixed, inclusive and multi-faith school with 240 young people in Year 7 in September 2017.

They say they will have "high expectations" of their students and promise an "exciting innovative curriculum" promoting sports and the arts while also focusing on business and the world economy.

Tony Ryan, Headteacher of Chiswick School, is Chair of the group which is sponsoring the new school, known as the Hounslow Improvement Partnership. He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to further enhance local choice in an area already rich with good and outstanding schools. In the proposed new school we will have high expectations, nurture the talents of our young people, expand their horizons, provide them with the opportunities to grow as individuals and prepare them to take their place in a fast changing world as both team players and as potential leaders.

He promised that there would be "an exciting innovative curriculum" which supports the transition from primary school, teaches the national curriculum whilst promoting sports and the arts and that looks outwards to the challenging business and economic world of the future.

Currently all Hounslow secondary schools are graded ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. There are only eight other areas in the country with such a record. GCSE results are well above both London and National levels and Hounslow is rated 9th out of 152 Local Authority areas for young people achieving the new English Baccalaureate of 5 good GCSEs including English and mathematics.

At A Level, 6th Form students make excellent progress leading them to higher grades and a better choice of Higher Education course. All this makes Hounslow a fantastic place in which to go to secondary school, says the group.

If you are a Year 2 or Year 3 parent, they would be interested to know if you would consider the new school as your “first choice” and invite you to visit the website www.hipeducation.org.uk and to register your interest.

May 15, 2014