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Stamford Free School bid is ready to submit

Representatives from Stamford Free School proposal group and Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, pictured in Stamford High Street. From left, Jeremy Ball, Louise Warren, Paul Phillipson, Alison Timson, Mark Woods and David Allen.
Photo: MSMP181213-012ow

Representatives from Stamford Free School proposal group and Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, pictured in Stamford High Street. From left, Jeremy Ball, Louise Warren, Paul Phillipson, Alison Timson, Mark Woods and David Allen. Photo: MSMP181213-012ow

The team behind plans to open a new secondary school in Stamford are ready to submit their bid for Government funding.

The Stamford Free School group and the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust have spent months working on the document, which argues the case for a new school in the town.

They have the support of more than 1,000 parents, all of whom say they would make the school the first choice for their child should it open.

The team will now submit the bid for funding to the Department for Education before January 10.

Original Stamford Free School group member Daniel Beach urged parents to continue pledging their support. He added: “We are confident that our application will be a strong one.”

Should the bid be approved the school will be run by the trust, known as CMat, with members of the original proposer group sitting on the governing body.

CMat operates several schools in the region, including Nene Park Academy in Peterborough and the new North Cambridge Academy.

The trust took over Nene Park Academy in 2011 and has already overseen an improvement in results.

Executive principal Mark Woods said: “At CMat we are very careful about the schools we choose to sponsor. We have been impressed by the vision and determination of the Stamford Free School proposer group and we see a great deal of synergy between our own values and their ambitions.

“We are confident that implementing the systems and structures that have been successful at our other academies will help ensure that pupils at the free school get an excellent standard of education.

“These systems include vertical tutoring, houses and our own pledges commitment which are all designed to promote leadership, responsibility and character qualities among our pupils.

“These systems have been rigorously implemented at the outstanding-rated Swavesey Village College and have been a key driver in raising standards at Nene Park Academy, which recently achieved an improved good Ofsted grading.”

Several possible sites around Stamford have been identified for the new school, but a decision does not need to be taken until funding is approved. A public meeting on the proposal will be held early in 2014.

 

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