NEW FREE SCHOOL IN CHALFONT ST PETER, GERRARDS CROSS

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Join more than 350 other parents and help us to set up 
 
A NEW FREE SECONDARY SCHOOL
IN
CHALFONT ST PETER/GERRARDS CROSS
WITH A CATHOLIC ETHOS




 
Hear About the Application We Submitted on 24th February 2012
We invite paretns that registered thier commitment, and those yet to do so,   to learn about the opportunity for parents in the area to send their children to a New Free Non Selective Co educational School (with a Catholic Ethos) in Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross and surrounding areas, that will open in September 2013, if our Application is successful. 
Learn about the Application that we be presented to the Department for Education on 24th February 2012 to establish a New Free School in Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, opening in September 2013.
Gain an additional educational option for your children.
Give us your Feedback and receive answers to your Questions.
Help us define the ethos of the New Free School.
Support our Project by informing others in the Parish, District, churches and other local schools.
This New Free School will enable the parents of approximately five hundred children within commuting distance to select to send their children to a non-charging “Free School” that has a Catholic ethos. Parents and children do not have to be Catholic to gain admission to this school. We welcome childrne of al faiths and no faith.
Our preferred site is the former Holy Cross School in Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross but our Application doe snot rely on that optio to be successful. We  have identified  two other options  in Chalfont St Peter  . 


About Free Schools: Free to Parents, Free of Local Authority Control, Bigger Budgets

Following changes in education legislation in England in 2009, the Government has encouraged parents and other groups to open Academies and institute Free Schools that are independent from local Authority control, which will be set up and managed by Governors, including parents, and funded directly by central Government. The Government has asked the new Free Schools to identify suitable premises in their locality, but they are not allowed to negotiate to buy them: the Government has a specific budget for that.For schools opening in September 2013, enough parents need to demonstrate by 13th February 2012 that they desire a school with an ethos that is not currently locally available to them. The Act specifically enables different types of school, including “Faith-based” schools. The Schools can have an admission policy that specifies that 50% of intake is of Catholic faith and 50% for others faiths and no faith. No financial contribution is required from the parents. Grants are available to refurbish and extend the school if required. The Government has committed budgets for creating a greater number of new Free Schools in 2012 and 2013, and stated that funds are available to acquire premises. Over sixty  New Free Schools were approved in 2011 across England, including St Michael’s Catholic School in Truro, which was formerly an independent secondary school run by an Order of Nuns that decide to stop running the School. The Archdiocese of Cornwall supported that application.


An Additional Option for Parents: A Catholic Secondary School in Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross

This Project seeks to establish a school with an ethos that is faith-based, so that the children of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Chalfont St Peter and children from other local Catholic and non-Catholic schools and those with no faith are able to join a smaller school with a caring Catholic ethos. The key benefits to parents and children are that they will be able to seek admission to a smaller school with a Catholic ethos.
 They will have an alternative to joining the local non-selective large schools or travelling large distances every day to Wycombe and Slough.

For More Information:
Pleasesee the FAQ and Ethos page son this site or contact us on info@freeschoolgerrardscross.org  or call us on  01753 892015 for more information

Latest News
 
Latest News 24th February: : Parents Break the 350 Barrier:  More than 350 parents have completed Application forms to support our Application before the Government deadline for submission of forms on 24th  February 2102 .

We have been asked to show that coninual suuport for our NEw Free School- So please fill intne Form and register your support.
We ask parents of children  from local state and independent primary schools to support our Application to give all parents an addtional option in Spring 2013 and ensure that all children  gain an option in September 2013.
 
Correction: There has been an article in the Bucks Advertiser that contains arrors of fact, that also states that  there is a St. Joseph's steering group. Our Steering Group  is called FreeSchoolGerrardsCross.org and should not be referred to as St.Joseph's.This is causing difficulties with our relationship with local partner schools and is inaccurate.
 

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