Locating Cheshire Free School in Daresbury

Regular visitors to our website, or readers of our Facebook posts, will know how passionate we are about the best quality of opportunities for students.  Consequently we are planning our application for the Cheshire Free School to be located in Daresbury, possibly in Daresbury Enterprise Park itself. The principal reason for this is to be as close as possible to businesses and research organisations at the cutting edge of science.  We have always wanted to provide opportunities for our students to work alongside academic establishments, research organisations and businesses in order for them to assist in research, where practical, gain valuable work experience and the level of business and entrepreneurial skills and understanding which will give our students a distinct edge when applying to universities. Daresbury also benefits from excellent road links from Chester, Warrington, South Manchester and Northwich situated as it is on Junction 11 of the M56.  Its proximity to Runcorn East and Warrington Central/Bank Quay stations also opens access to students from Runcorn, Northwich and Warrington itself. There are also excellent bus links from nearby areas. Thinking ahead, the Halton Curve development. scheduled for late 2018, will open up access from Liverpool South Parkway and Liverpool Lime Street and improve opportunities for students from this side of the Mersey where post-16 provision is patchy. It is our opinion that this improved location will offer better opportunities to identify a more exciting building for the Cheshire Free School. We continue to need your support in this application.  Please click here to register interest.  It does not commit you as a parent or a student, but does help...

University Applications Fall

UCAS figures, just announced report a fall of 4% (more than 25,000) in the number of people applying for UK university places.  Of course, some of the fall is the result of Brexit (5% less EU students applying), and some of it is the result of a rise in tuition fees and in the increase in interest rates from 4.6% to 6.1% from this autumn. However, underlying these figures  and even the higher numbers of applicants in past years, is the relatively small number of students from more disadvantaged backgrounds who apply and eventually attend these universities.  In 2016, The Independent reported a drop in the percentage of students from this group admitted to 7 of  the 24 universities comprising the Russell Group, which includes Oxford and Cambridge.  This is despite significant sums of money being spent on encouraging just this group. The Cheshire Free School is committed to working towards addressing this issue in a very significant way. Why are we so bothered? Three members of the ‘core’ group developing this bid are first generation university attendees and are therefore passionately committed to the transformational power of education.  All three come from working class backgrounds, one being an RAF child, who today would have attracted Pupil Premium funding because of the number of schools she attended as a result of constant relocations.  All three have a huge amount of experience in education developing strategies to help students reach their full potential, which may well include Russell Group universities.  Also in our core group is a Cambridge graduate and he is able to support the programme of experiences and activities,...