Evendons Free School could be open as early as SeptemberBy Laura Herbert
February 11, 2013
Parents' plans to set up a free school for primary pupils have moved a step closer thanks to the backing of an education provider.
A number of mums and dads have been working to create Evendons Free School to tackle the issue of increasing demand for school places in Wokingham town.
The committee has now sent an application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open the school after securing the backing of CfBT Schools Trust – and members hope the school could be open as soon as September.
The trust, which is part of CfBT Education Trust, also helped open Oakbank secondary school on the site of the former Ryeish Green School, and All Saints Junior School in Reading.
Victoria Webb, a member of the committee, said: “The group are still actively searching for suitable sites within the area and reviewing the financial viability and logistics.
“Our application was submitted for a September 2014 opening, but dependant on whether a permanent site and staff can be secured in time, there may still be the possibility, if the DfE sign off the plan, of using a temporary site from September 2013 until the new site is ready for 2014.”
The proposed free school, which parents hope to set up in the Evendons Lane area, would cater for children aged four to 11 years and open with a one-form entry for 25 pupils.
The committee want to set up the school to give parents in Wokingham town greater choice when selecting a primary school and offer a more diverse curriculum with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Anyone with details of sites suitable for a small primary school in or near Evendons Lane is asked to email details to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parent group is now preparing for an interview with the DfE, which is expected to take place in late February or early March.
To register your support or interest in the proposed free school take part in an online survey at www.evendonsfreeschool.co.uk/survey.