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Brooke Weston Trust submits application to open new school in Wisbech

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The Brooke Weston Trust announced today (Monday) that it has submitted an application to the Department for Education to open a new school in Wisbech.

The Brooke Weston Trust already run two schools in Wisbech including the Thomas Clarkson Academy. (5345840)
The Brooke Weston Trust already run two schools in Wisbech including the Thomas Clarkson Academy. (5345840)

The new school would join the Trust’s existing academies operating across Fenland and Northamptonshire including the Thomas Clarkson Academy and Peckover Primary School in Wisbech.

The next stage in the application process is for the project team to be invited to attend an interview with the Department for Education. If they are successful, the free school is likely to open in 2020.

Dr Andrew Campbell, CEO of the Brooke Weston Trust, said: “Education in Fenland is a top priority for the Trust and a new school in Wisbech is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to achieve a first-class education solution for the area.

"If successful, we propose that the new school has a specialism in science and mathematics and it would embody our Trust values of providing an excellent education for every child, regardless of their starting point.

"It would also complement the education offer we already have in Thomas Clarkson Academy and Peckover Primary School, which are both going from strength to strength with very clear plans and aspiration for the future.

“I would like to thank the community for their involvement in our consultation process which has allowed us to pinpoint what local stakeholders expect and deserve from a 21st century school. We have a proven track record in delivering multi-million pound and outstanding schools so we are very excited about this proposal and its potential.”

Sigrun Olafsdottir, chief operating officer of New Schools Network, said: “The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous and time consuming, so it is a testament to Brooke Weston Trust’s hard work that they have reached this stage. This is particularly true in this round of free school applications, which explicitly targets areas of greatest need.

“There are over 700 free school open or approved to open, creating more than 400,000 new school places when full. They are the top performing type of state school at key stages 1, 4 and 5. They are also more likely to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted.”

Interested parents can find out more at https://www.brookewestontrust.org/wisbech-free-school

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