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Trust announces preferred site and design for proposed free school

PUBLISHED: 10:21 07 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:04 07 September 2011

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A trust hoping to open a free primary school in Tower Hamlets has this week announced the preferred site and design for its premises.

A trust hoping to open a free primary school in Tower Hamlets has this week announced the preferred site and design for its premises.

The Constable Educational Trust, whose proposal to open a free school is currently being considered by the government has released an artist’s impression of how the new school could look.

The Trust says it would commission a “low-cost new build school” on the derelict site of the former Artichoke pub in Stepney Way. The focus of expenditure would be on equipping the school with resources to support the children’s learning, it says.

Trust director Ronda Fogel said: “There is a real shortage of outstanding primary school places in this area and our school would go some way in addressing that.”

The school would offer places for up to 75 reception and year-one pupils from September 2012. It would be a mainstream school that is free to attend.

Children would be taught the National Curriculum, as well as modern foreign languages, a range of sports, ICT and creative subjects.

The school would identify pupils with particular talents and ensure they are well-provided for, the trust says.

The Department for Education is expected to make its decision on whether to allow the proposal to move to its next stage by the end of this month. This would include a public consultation.

Free Schools are non-profit making, independent, state-funded schools not controlled by local authorities.

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