East London Science School gets its funds ready to open in September

A new science secondary school in east London set in the middle of an island has secured its government funding today.

Teachers are already drawing up the curriculum for the new East London Science School opening in the Clock Mill at Three Mills Island, on the Lea River between Bromley-by-Bow and Stratford.

The funding means the green light to open in September.

“This is an incredibly important milestone for the school,” said founding Principal David Perks. “The agreement means certainty to all the pupils joining in September and their families, as well as our teaching staff getting ready for the start of term.”

There is no selection on ability or aptitude—it is open to any child regardless of ability, Mr Perks emphasised.

His team was praised by Education Under Secretary Lord Nash, who said the school will bring “new, opportunities for youngsters in east London.”

The mixed school for pupils aged 11 to 18 offers specialist Physics, Chemistry and Biology, as well as emphasis on computer science, alongside traditional English, maths, art, music, humanities, sport and classics.

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Formal offers for places were sent to parents earlier this month for all 120 Year-7 places for September, but the school is still accepting applications on a waiting list in case late places become available.