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Burnley 'Christian ethos' free school holds first parents' evening
MORE than 150 people attended the inaugural parents’ evening for Burnley’s first free school.
The event, at Life Church Burnley, in Sycamore Avenue, was hosted by Chapel Street, the charity behind the proposed Burnley High School.
Its chief executive officer, Dr Russell Rook, and executive principal, Elizabeth Haddock, addressed parents and children interested in the 90 Year Seven places that will be up for grabs when the school opens in September 2014.
Dr Rook said the venue was ‘buzzing with excitement’ at the prospect of the free school.
He said: “Parents and children shared their hopes and expectations for the school, asked fascinating questions, and once again committed their time and effort to making the dream of Burnley High School come to life.”
The ‘Christian ethos’ school was granted approval by the Department for Education in May this year, although it has not yet found a site.
Mrs Haddock told those present: “Burnley High School will aim for the highest standards of teaching and learning, challenging every student to realise their potential and providing children with what they need to thrive in the future.”
The school hopes to encompass a sixth form by 2019 and will focus on sustainability and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
Richard Colbrook, Chapel Street’s parent liaison manager, said applications were already coming in.
He said: “Our local parent liaison team is busy meeting with families across the community who are not only interested in sending their children to Burnley High School, but want to play an integral part of developing this new school with us and for the benefit of the local community.”
The school’s supporters include Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, but the National Union of Teachers described the decision to give it the go-ahead as ‘devastating’.
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