Bid for the Hadlow College Community Free School goes through to the next stage

Bid for the Hadlow College Community Free School goes through to the next stage

 

  • Hadlow College’s bid to launch a new education facility – the Hadlow Rural Community School – has passed another stage of a vigorous planning procedure, following a positive decision from the Department for Education.
  • The next stage of the bidding process takes place on 9 May when the Department for Education in London will consider the proposals in more detail.
  • The proposed new school, which would open in September 2013, has already attracted considerable interest from parents who recognise that it promises to provide something completely different.  There is growing interest in the proposition to open a unique secondary educational outlet with a rural ethos which will offer a perfect environment for children of families who care about the rural environment.
  • Vice Principal, Lynda Brown, commented, “I am delighted that we have progressed to the interview stage of the bidding process.  I believe this is a great opportunity for a the Hadlow Rural Community School to engage 11-16 pupils in an innovative and exciting curriculum that will be different to anything that is currently on offer in the local area”.
  • The proposed school is part of the Government’s Free School initiative which provides public funding and the benefit of semi-independency. Free Schools fall outside local authority control and are funded directly by central government in a similar way to academies.
  • The Hadlow Rural Community School will be built within the beautiful rural campus of Hadlow College, close to Tonbridge. It will be separate from the existing facilities and will be housed within stunning, purpose-built premises.
  • It will benefit from an intimate atmosphere which will, by 2015, result in the maximum of just over 100 pupils.
  • The Free School curriculum with match National Curriculum requirements, with significant time dedicated to project work, entrepreneurial activities, land-based and rural activities and skills, supported by new technologies.

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