Application for new school

By a County Press reporter

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 18:08


PLANS for a new primary school, put forward by a parent-led community group on the Isle of Wight, have been submitted to the Department for Education (DfE).

In a statement issued today (Friday), those behind the Sylvan School, said they had submitted an application for a new primary school for 280 children to open in September 2015. 

If successful, the school will have class sizes of no more than 20 children and will aim to provide 50 per cent of learning experiences outside the classroom.  There will be a greater emphasis on project-based learning and allowing children to follow their own interests and passions, a spokesman said.

Amy McCulloch of the Sylvan School said: "We are delighted to be making this application to the Department for Education for a new school for the Island. 

"We have been working with the local community for the last 15 months and have been overwhelmed with the level of local support; to date over 500 families have already come forward to support our proposals. 

"We hope to have some positive news to share with them in the spring, when we expect to hear whether our application has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove."

Those behind the plans have been working with national charity, the New Schools Network (NSN).

Natalie Evans, Director of New Schools Network said: "The Sylvan School has worked hard to prepare an application for the Department for Education and we very much hope they will have the chance to put their plans into action when government announces later in the spring which groups have been given the green light to open. 

"There are nearly 300 Free Schools open or due to open this September which are proving popular with parents and adding good new schools places to their local communities."


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