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Holy Trinity re-bids to become a free school
AN INDEPENDENT Kidderminster school is preparing its second application to gain free school status after its first attempt failed.
Holy Trinity International School, Birmingham Road, had originally planned to become a free school in September 2013 but its application to the Department for Education was unsuccessful.
Headteacher Pamela LeekWright said, however, she was confident the school could revisit and strengthen its application.
The school is offering the opportunity for families to register their interest in Holy Trinity becoming a free school.
Parent Susan Dilley said: “My son and daughter have just started this term but already we have seen a great improvement in their personal confidence and self-esteem, engaging more in lessons and wanting to talk about what they’ve studied at school that day, which is wonderful.
“Part of the attraction of going to the school was their pastoral care delivered by experienced staff in a school which has a real family atmosphere and attains high academic standards.
“We are delighted to support their application to become a free school as it will offer many more local families greater educational opportunities, as it has done for our children.”
Another parent, Richard Guinan, said by becoming a free school, Holy Trinity would be able to play an “important role”
in the community by sharing its facilities.
“I do not believe it is needed or justified,” she said.
“While we do have a shortage of primary school places in the area, we have a massive surplus capacity at secondary level so there is absolutely no need for a secondary free school here.
“If Holy Trinity were to succeed it would be required to take its share of pupils of different abilities, including difficult pupils. I do not believe a one form entry school with 22 places in a year group can ever adequately cope with a wide range of pupils.”
Holy Trinity will be holding an open morning at the school on Saturday from 10am until noon.
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