Principals hold presentations on plans for free school

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
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Representatives from three schools in Rutland presented their plans to county councillors and residents for a new sixthform college in the county.

A special scrutiny meeting was held at the Rutland County Council offices in Oakham on Monday evening on the proposals for the new free school Harington School.

Presentations were given by Catmose College and Uppingham Community College principals Stuart Williams and Jan Turner, who announced the plans in October last year, and Peter Lawson, chairman of trustees at Oakham School, which is supporting the proposal.

Councillors and members of the public were then invited to ask questions.

Mrs Turner said: “It was a very good discussion session. The councillors had a series of questions and it was good to be able to talk about the plans.”

Mr Williams said: “There were some really good questions and the feedback we’ve had has been great.”

A presentation was also made by Vicky Crosher, principal at Rutland County College, which is against the plans.

If approved by the Department of Education, Harington School would offer places for 300 students.