Sponsor outlines vision for new free school in Norwich
A new free school in Norwich that was announced in one of David Cameron's last acts as prime minister will have close links to an existing high school, its sponsor has said.
As reported yesterday, the 420-place St Clements Hill Primary Academy is one of the latest wave of 31 free schools in England – brand new schools set up charities, parents or businessmen, and separate from the county council.
It will be run by the Right for Success Trust, based at Eaton Hall Specialist Academy, whose other schools include Sewell Park Academy, and which is set to sponsor Sprowston High when it becomes an academy.
The trust's chief executive, Valerie Moore, said it would be on Sewell Park Academy's land off Sprowston Road, and hoped to open to its first class of children in September 2017.
She said the trust had talked to Norfolk County Council about the need for more school places in the area, and said that while the two schools would not share teachers, they would share things like catering facilities.
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She said the relationship between the new primary and existing high school would ease the sometimes difficult transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
Miss Moore said: 'Children can come to the primary school and should they chose to, they could go all the way through and we can support their education.
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'They will know the site and the school. We are hoping to support children and families better in that area, if they choose to go to the high school.'
She said the new school would use the site's existing pavilion when it opened, and potential parents had certainty about the school's location.
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