Holy Trinity free school to create 200 places

Holy Trinity free school to create 200 places

Holy Trinity free school to create 200 places

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A CONTROVERSIAL free school due to open in Kidderminster will create about 200 new pupil places, its headteacher has said.

The currently independent Holy Trinity International School, in Birmingham Road, was granted free school status last May and, following formal confirmation in the spring, will open its doors under the new structure in September.

Bosses have completed a consultation on the change and say responses were "overwhelmingly positive", despite previous concerns from councillors and residents there was no demand for extra secondary places or a free school in the area.

The school, which ranges from nursery pupils to sixth formers, will also have to adopt Worcestershire County Council's admissions policy meaning it cannot be academically selective.

Headteacher Pamela Leek-Wright said the new school would have places for up to 454 students from this September.

She said: "We anticipate 200 of these places will be new and available to children who are not in the current school. Currently single form entry, the school will be moving over the next five years to double form entry, up to a maximum of 688 pupils, which will deliver an additional 400 new school places by 2018.

"The free school will be non-selective and non-denominational. This will be a new school but one that maintains its traditional emphasis on high standards of academic attainment and behaviour."

She said there would be extra classes in reception, year one, year two and year seven from September when there would also be a substantial number of places in some other year groups.

The school's bid for free school status was approved at the second time of asking, having previously failed in an attempt to make the change last September. Free schools were introduced by the Coalition Government to allow teachers, charities or parents to address academic demand within an area.

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12:15am Sat 4 Jan 14

LandOakLass says...

Free Schools are not obliged to employ qualified teachers.

Please look further into this if considering this for your child, such a small school cannot offer choices at GCSE and you could be limiting your child's future.
When they are inundated with pupils with SEN, whose misguided parents believe they will be getting something in line with a private education - for free- they will soon realise the school lacks the resources, skills and expertise of mainstream.
Do the Maths- 450 children from Reception to Sixth form...that is not a lot of (specialised) teachers from state funding.
Also, if the school is currently good- why is empty, when other private schools within some distance are full?
Free Schools are not obliged to employ qualified teachers. Please look further into this if considering this for your child, such a small school cannot offer choices at GCSE and you could be limiting your child's future. When they are inundated with pupils with SEN, whose misguided parents believe they will be getting something in line with a private education - for free- they will soon realise the school lacks the resources, skills and expertise of mainstream. Do the Maths- 450 children from Reception to Sixth form...that is not a lot of (specialised) teachers from state funding. Also, if the school is currently good- why is empty, when other private schools within some distance are full? LandOakLass
  • Score: 3

9:09pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Europeanist64 says...

This is certainly an outrageous development when there are surplus places in most Wyre Forest schools, some of which are outstanding. Setting up such a government funded school is a waste of taxpayers' money in such circumstances.

If Holy Trinity want to offer selective education, then they should continue as a fee-paying private school. Why do they want to give up that role?
This is certainly an outrageous development when there are surplus places in most Wyre Forest schools, some of which are outstanding. Setting up such a government funded school is a waste of taxpayers' money in such circumstances. If Holy Trinity want to offer selective education, then they should continue as a fee-paying private school. Why do they want to give up that role? Europeanist64
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Mon 6 Jan 14

GGmommy says...

Such negativity from people who do not know the school.

I have spoken in the past about what a good school HTS is and how this will be a great move to encourage diversity in LA provision. The negative comments will flood in response to my comments I know from past experience.

I do, however remain an avid supporter of the school NOT because I see it as a way of accessing free education which I have previously been paying for, but because I know the benefits of smaller class sizes and because I know the teachers and leadership team will support my child throughout his entire education.

Empathy aside, the facts remain:
1. Holy Trinity is NOT and will NOT be selective
2. Feedback from parents shows that the demand is certainly there
3 If you suggest that I am limiting my child's future by attending HTS then I would like to invite you to come and visit him in a few years time when he is achieving everything that he wants because of the supportive and caring environment that he has had at the school. There is more to education than being offered a range of GCSEs in subjects like Beauty and Woodwork, the core subjects are vital and should be concentrated on as a priority.
4. Very narrow minded to suggest that the school lacks the "resources, skills and expertise" I can only imagine that you have not visited the school and been in to speak to the Leadership team and teachers. If it lacked these then why are results so good for a school that is NON SELECTIVE?

Let the negative comments follow from people that do not know the school. There have been many opportunities for you to voice your opinion during the consultation periods, some people have indeed done this. But overall the support for the school has been wonderful. I look forward to an exciting future for the school and for the children that will attend
Such negativity from people who do not know the school. I have spoken in the past about what a good school HTS is and how this will be a great move to encourage diversity in LA provision. The negative comments will flood in response to my comments I know from past experience. I do, however remain an avid supporter of the school NOT because I see it as a way of accessing free education which I have previously been paying for, but because I know the benefits of smaller class sizes and because I know the teachers and leadership team will support my child throughout his entire education. Empathy aside, the facts remain: 1. Holy Trinity is NOT and will NOT be selective 2. Feedback from parents shows that the demand is certainly there 3 If you suggest that I am limiting my child's future by attending HTS then I would like to invite you to come and visit him in a few years time when he is achieving everything that he wants because of the supportive and caring environment that he has had at the school. There is more to education than being offered a range of GCSEs in subjects like Beauty and Woodwork, the core subjects are vital and should be concentrated on as a priority. 4. Very narrow minded to suggest that the school lacks the "resources, skills and expertise" I can only imagine that you have not visited the school and been in to speak to the Leadership team and teachers. If it lacked these then why are results so good for a school that is NON SELECTIVE? Let the negative comments follow from people that do not know the school. There have been many opportunities for you to voice your opinion during the consultation periods, some people have indeed done this. But overall the support for the school has been wonderful. I look forward to an exciting future for the school and for the children that will attend GGmommy
  • Score: 2

9:54pm Mon 6 Jan 14

khfc says...

Will the school really end up with an intake as varied as other local schools?

Hmmm. I wonder.

There is no need for this school.
Will the school really end up with an intake as varied as other local schools? Hmmm. I wonder. There is no need for this school. khfc
  • Score: 3

10:56pm Mon 6 Jan 14

LandOakLass says...

Beauty and woodwork? Oh dear, who is uninformed now ;)
I went there myself as a pupil actually.
Bloody awful uniform too.....
Beauty and woodwork? Oh dear, who is uninformed now ;) I went there myself as a pupil actually. Bloody awful uniform too..... LandOakLass
  • Score: 3

9:59am Tue 7 Jan 14

walkerno5 says...

Which GCSEs do they not offer?
Which GCSEs do they not offer? walkerno5
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

emjaypee says...

The proof of the pudding as they say...............
The proof of the pudding as they say............... emjaypee
  • Score: 0

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