Monday, 25 September 2017

Families flock to new school information day

A PRIMARY school which is to open in Caversham Heights next year held its first information day on Sunday

A PRIMARY school which is to open in Caversham Heights next year held its first information day on Sunday

Dozens of parents and children went along to learn more about the free school, which will be called The Heights.

Its founders were on hand to answer questions and there were games and activity stalls for the youngsters.

There was face-painting, arts and crafts, free balloons, a sweet tombola, a bird of prey display and story-telling.

Reading East MP Rob Wilson also attended the event at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Albert Road, Caversham.

The school is being set up by a trust made up of parents from the Mapledurham and Caversham Heights area.

They acted because there is a shortage of about 60 primary school places in north Reading. The nearest primaries to Caversham Heights are Emmer Green and The Hill, both of which are oversubscribed.

The trust submitted an application to the Department of Education in April and this was approved in June.

When the school opens in September, it will accommodate up to 100 children in two reception classes and two for years 1 and 3.

It does not expect demand for year 2 places as children take their SATs in this year and are unlikely to switch schools. The trustees will appoint a headteacher and up to four class teachers by April. If demand is strong, they may also hire a deputy head.

A location for the school has not yet been found. The DoE is responsible for finding one and it is hoped an announcement will be made by December.

Director Ruth Rosewell said: “The day was much better attended than we thought it might be given the awful weather. We are very pleased with the number of families who are considering The Heights as an option for next year and 2015.”

Free schools can be started by groups or individuals and are outside local authority control with funding provided directly by the Government.

The DoE will give The Heights a £220,000 grant and will appoint two project managers. For more information, visit www.theheightsprimary.co.uk

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