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...

More ‘evidence of demand’

  We have continued to gather ‘evidence of demand’. A lot of this has been at supermarkets in the locality – especially Asda at Ellesmere Port, Morrisons at the Bache, Tesco at Broughton and Sainsbury’s at Boughton. Everywhere we have been delighted with the support from parents and the enthusiasm with which many people have kindly registered interest. We have also been to the Denbigh and Flint Show, which was a huge success, and the Cheshire Game and Country Fair where we did very well despite the cold and sometimes wet weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. We are about half-way to our target number of registrations. We need 1000 students aged 11-15 to register interest, or parents of students in this age group. The most important age group we need to attract is students who will be in year 9 or year 10 in September. Please remember, THIS DOES NOT COMMIT YOU TO ANYTHING. So please ask your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to register interest – all you are saying is that you agree with the ethos of our proposed school and that you would like it to gain DfE support. We have also delivered flyers in many areas – especially Higher Kinnerton, Llay, Lavister, Rossett, Dodleston, Elton, Upton, Mollington and Hoole. We are also working on the detailed paperwork we need for our DfE application. We have to give details on governance, vision, educational plans, targets, finance, and many other areas. I am sure you will realise that we need detailed and credible plans if we are to be granted significant sums of public money to...

Gathering ‘evidence of demand’

We had a busy week gathering evidence of demand for the free school last week. On Monday we were at Morrison’s at the Bache, distributing flyers and meeting some very enthusiastic people. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday we were at the Cheshire Show in glorious sunshine. We were amazed by how many people expressed an interest in the proposed free school – 97 people registered an interest in 2 days! This is really encouraging, as we need to have 1,000 people registering interest by the autumn when we take our proposal to the Department for Education. We do hope that our supporters will spread the word to their family, friends and other contacts. Please remember that ‘registering interest’ at this stage does not commit you to...

Problem based learning course in medicine

Do have a look at this video on You Tube. The video features students who are now in their first year of university, having taken the problem-based learning course in medicine during their A level studies. Some have gone on to medicine courses as undergraduates but others are taking different science courses. As you’ll see, they all think the course has given them invaluable skills. This course is unique to our proposed free school and is not offered at any other school or college in the country. For more information, visit...
Our second public meeting

Our second public meeting

  On Wednesday 28th May we held a second public meeting at the Mollington and Backford Village Hall. A very positive group of parents and other interested members of the local community heard the exciting plans for the Cheshire Free School, both in terms of its academic aspirations and its innovative and inspirational enrichment programme to support high achieving students in accessing Oxbridge and Russell Group universities as well as very competitive courses such as medicine, veterinary science and dentistry. Those present were especially interested in the unique problem-based learning course in medicine and the next steps for the school. You are invited to register your interest in this school (which carries no obligation whatsoever) by visiting the ‘register interest’ part of this website¬†for either of the following reasons: as an exciting addition to post-16 education which will benefit the community, or, if you are a parent of a child currently in years 8 or 9, as potential students.¬† Please remember that you can help us spread the word by ‘liking’ us on Facebook and by following us on...