Town's first free school will be on industrial estate - The Rugby Observer

Town's first free school will be on industrial estate

Rugby Editorial 17th Feb, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE TOWN’S first free school will open on an industrial estate.

Bosses have confirmed Rugby Free Primary School, which will open its doors to its first pupils when the new school year starts in September, will be situated at the iKon building, at Central Park, in the north of the town.

Lead proposer Tom Legge said he had wanted the site from the outset.

He said discussions are also underway to gain funding for a separate nursery facility.

“I knew this was the right home for our school the moment I walked into the building,” he said.

“This spacious building offers all the room we need for the 420 children who will eventually occupy the school.

“Discussions are in progress with the Education Funding Agency about approving a separate nursery provision in its own area of the building, which will benefit parents with younger children.

“We plan to offer before and after-school timings to enable parents with children at the school and nursery to drop off and collect siblings together from day one of opening.”

Free schools are independent, state-funded schools which have the same legal status as academies and are free of local authority control. There are currently over 250 in the country.

The school recently announced Susan Milewski, currently Deputy Headteacher at St Elizabeth’s Primary School in Coventry, will start in post as the new headteacher.

It will initially have two reception classes of 30 children when it opens in September and aims to have 420 pupils by 2021.

Mr Legge said all places had been filled but it was likely some may not be taken up.

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