Our application has been submitted!

We have finally submitted our application to the Department for Education, after months of hard work. You can see the Chester Chronicle article here. We are immensely grateful to all the parents who have supported us by registering an interest for their child, and also to the professionals from local colleges and independent schools who have given their time and expertise to us freely. We still need people to register an interest, so please spread the word! The more people who register support, the more likely we are to succeed in the next stage of our application. We hope to hear in a month or two whether we will be invited to an interview at the DfE in...

A milestone

The last few weeks have been really busy for us. We were still working on ‘evidence of demand’ by attending the Cheshire Game and Country Fair at the Cheshire showground at the end of August, but mainly by doing a large mailshot. We sent many letters by post, and hand-delivered others, and these have resulted in more registers of interest. However, we still need to gather evidence of demand. We stand a much better chance of succeeding in our application if we have many more than the minimum number of registrations. In addition, we needed to finalise the application. We needed to draw up a very detailed education plan, right down to the numbers of teachers we would need, a draft timetable, and details of policies and procedures. And all this needed to be tightly budgeted with all the various costs of the proposed free school included. We already had a strong team of supporters on board, but ideally we needed a couple more. We were delighted in the last couple of weeks that an excellent bursar from a local independent school volunteered to give us help, and also a Vice Principal from a local college. Both of these people are kindly giving help and support in their free time, and we greatly value their expertise. The final application was well over a hundred pages long, and we needed to get two copies to the Department for Education by midday on Friday 10th October, together with several spreadsheets. In addition we needed to email the documents to the DfE. Just printing and packaging the documents took several hours as...