When the idea of setting up a new school was first conceived by the parents’ action group, Parents’ Voice, some four years ago, the intention was to set up and start an 11-19 school with a sixth form as an integral part. When a new government and the introduction of the ‘Free Schools’ programme made this possible it was decided, given the complexities of being a trail blazer, to focus on establishing an excellent 11 – 16 school and then to add a sixth form at a later date.
Bristol Free School (BFS) has been a resounding success and has just taken in its third group of students and moved into its purpose built accommodation. It was one of a small number of secondary schools in Bristol that was over-subscribed with first choice applicants for entry this September and it recently had its first excellent OfSTED inspection. Bristol Free School’s first year group of students will take their GCSE examinations in the summer of 2016 and we believe that many students and their parents will want to have the opportunity to continue their education in the school’s own sixth form. It is worth noting that when the Trust leased our school site from the DfE, the large empty block alongside the main school building was included in the lease to provide a cost effective solution to adding a sixth form.
We are consulting the parents of students currently at Bristol Free School, parents with children at local primary schools and other interested parties, including the Local Authority and secondary schools and colleges about this proposal.
If after consultation the governing trust decides to pursue this option, they will make a formal application to the Department for Education (DfE) and seek the capital funding to equip the necessary additional accommodation.
To respond to the consultation please complete the form below. Alternatively you may email us at email@example.com
This consultation will run from October 3rd until November 30th.