As one of his final acts as our Prime Minister, David Cameron gave the green light for the Newark Free School this week.
I have lobbied the Department for Education heavily over many months, urging the Government to approve the Free School application in order to directly address Newark’s increasing education demands. I am delighted that the application has now been approved and plans can move forwards.
The Free School is an extremely important investment in the future of Newark, giving us a third school which is needed in a growing town and putting education on an upward trajectory.
The Torch Academy Trust will be running Newark Toot Hill Free School, opening in September 2017 for the first intake of Year 7 students.
The ambition is to have three Ofsted-outstanding schools providing education that our young people, who have at times been neglected in our recent history, deserve. No-one will be left behind and I hope that the number of students having to go out of town for their education will fall dramatically.
The application’s approval is a great success and I look forward to working closely with Mr Tomasevic and the leadership team at the Torch Academy Trust.
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