News has reached me that an application by the Harris Federation to open a free school in Croydon has been given outline approval by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.
The school would be called the ‘Harris Aspire Academy Free School’ and is intended to act as an Alternative Provision school for 90 pupils aged 11-19 in the Croydon and Bromley area. The plan is for it to cater for vulnerable pupils, including those with behavioural difficulties, excluded children and teenage parents.
Over the next year the Harris Federation will be assisted by government officials to develop their proposals. Michael Gove will then decide whether to sign a Funding Agreement with the school that’ll mean it can open its doors in September 2013.
The Harris Federation’s track record as an education provider speaks for itself. Their expertise in turning around some of London’s weakest schools - including Stanley Halls Manor in Croydon - is second to none, with nine out of eleven Harris Academies inspected so far have been judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. It’s good to see that they have a passion for helping out most troubled young people.
I’ll be keeping an eye on the progress of the application and will update residents as soon as I hear more.