What is a Free School?
Free Schools were introduced by the government as a means to introduce greater choice and diversity in the education world.
Free Schools provide opportunities for charities, parents, religious groups and alternative types of education to enter the arena of education to provide different opportunities for young people to learn.
These opportunities offer Free School proposers greater flexibility of the curriculum, innovative links to employers and new ways to support young people.
Does this mean other schools in the area will receive less money?
No, all Free Schools receive their main funding directly from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), which is part of the Department for Education based on the number of pupils on roll.
Local Authority schools receive their funding directly from local authorities through devolved budgets also based on number of pupils with the amounts set at schools forum.
Different types of free schools receive different amounts depending on the age range catered for and the type of provision.
We are proposing a mainstream primary free school with nursery provision which is funded on a per pupil basis, in the same way as Local community school. However we will receive funding directly from the EFA rather than through the Local Authority. The amount that Free Schools/Academy’s receive per pupil from the EFA depends on which local authority the school is in, but is an average of £4,000 per pupil across the UK.
Mainstream Free and LA schools also receive the pupil premium for pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals, those who are in the care of the local authority and children of service personnel.
For Further information about Academy funding visit the following link: www.education.gov.uk/academy funding/
Why are there differing attitudes on Free Schools ?
There will always be different views on education policies because it is so important. Our view has been to use the Free School/Academy movement as an opportunity to share our knowledge, expertise and experience to establish and replicate an outstanding educational provision for all children. We are looking to use the opportunity afforded by the movement to work in partnership with local schools, local authorities and local employers to provide life changing opportunities for young people and really ensure Schools are at the very hub of every community
Who pays for the Free School?
The set-up of the Free School, including capital and start-up costs, will be funded by the Department for Education. The cost of each place will be provided by the ‘commissioner’ i.e. whoever needs the place for a student (e.g. a School, Academy or Local Authority).
See http://www.education.gov.uk/academy funding/
Who are the Lime Trust?
The Lime Trust, a multi academy trust was established in February 2015 by Larkswood Primary Academy, a successful three form entry Primary school in neighboring borough Waltham Forest. The Lime Trust is also a DfE approved academy sponsor.
The Lime Trust has a clear moral purpose ‘Putting children first‘. This is simply to place pupils’ learning and well-being at the centre of all that we do.
Our ambition is to work collaboratively to make a positive difference to the lives and opportunities of the children, young people and adults within our schools and the global community.
Why the Lime Trust?
We believe that we are best placed to provide the new school because we:
- Have a proven track record of developing, leading and managing successful schools
- We are approved by the DFE as an academy sponsor,
- Are locally based
- Believe in supporting neighboring schools not competing against them
- Recruit the very best teachers and staff
- Meet the high standards needed to be approved byt the DfE as an Acedmy sponsor
- Have an uncompromising desire to build aspirations and challenge all children with high expectations
What inspired the proposal for a free School in Enfield?
We are local and know the area and the community well. A report to cabinet on the 21 October 2015 again reported a need for new schools due to an anticipated increase in population in the area that cannot be met by expanding existing local schools. Anyone can apply to set up a free school to meet an identified need, The Department for Education will assess proposals and decide which is best. Only if no one comes up with a satisfactory free school proposal can the council set up the school itself.
Where will the new School be located?
Looking at the identified deficit in primary school places, we are looking for sites in and around the Ridgeway, Chase Farm, Grovelands and Lavender Hill areas as these are identified to have the most acute deficit of places.
We are keen to make sure that any provision will allow children, their families and the local community access the services and provision we have on offer. After approval, we will work with the Department for Education to identify the best possible site.
What range of students will the Schools serve?
The age range will be from 2-11. It will be a mixed gender inclusive school with nursery provision.
How big will the Schools be?
We propose that the schools will be either 2 form or 3 form entry with nursery provision. For example in a 3fe there are up to 90 students (3 classes in each year). Our schools will open with admission to reception in the first instance. When fully formed a 3fe school will provide 630 pupil places from Reception to Year 6 plus children in our nursery.
When will the Free Schools be open?
It is proposed that the Free School will have its first intake to Reception in September 2017.
What will the Admissions policy be?
It is proposed that our new free school would be part of the Enfield Local Authority Admissions policy and procedures.
What will the Curriculum be?
As in all our schools the curriculum will be rich and varied, ensuring our pupils have access to wide range of academic and enrichment activities inspiring positive attitudes to learning. The environment in which the curriculum is delivered will be calm but stimulating.
Our learning communities extend beyond the school day with a variety of extension activities on offer to families and pupils.
For more detailed and specific information about the curriculum, please refer to our Curriculum Information.
Building aspirations & developing resilience
We want all our students to be highly motivated and well placed to secure a successful future. Developing key competences and skills for life, for example self-respect, confidence, resilience, social skills, tolerance and concern for others, core academic skills and a level of independence, ambition that will nurture and grow the habits of success.
What is the proposed Governance structure?
The Lime Academy Trust have a well established governance structure, scheme of delegation and articles of association. All Lime Trust schools are accountable to the Lime Trust Board.
It is proposed that after approval a transition board will be established to see the new free schools through pre-opening and project development phase.
For further information about our governance and structures please see the link above
The Lime Trust Board- Trustees and Members
The Lime academy Trust has a well established Trust Board. Both our Trustees and board members have many years of experience in supporting, managing and leading outstanding schools. They ensure robust processes are in place to ensure accountability and that the highest standards are maintained.
Top Quality Teachers and Support Staff
We recruit the best leaders, teachers and support team members in our schools because this talent is the most valuable resource we have. We appoint teachers on the basis of their ability to help students together with support staff, teaching assistants and mentors.
We appreciate that the success of our schools depends on the performance of our staff. We treat all staff equally and focus firmly on continued development of their skills and knowledge. We facilitate the sharing of best practice across our Schools, in the local community and beyond. Our Schools are thriving learning environments for all, where teachers want to work and where the school leaders of the future emerge.
Our staff contribute to a culture of shared learning and development, where creativity is nurtured and celebrated. School leaders have a consultative and dynamic approach,. We value all staff as active stakeholders and as our most valued resource.
How can the Local Community support this initiative?
We see many opportunities for the community to be involved on this exciting journey with us. Whether it is through sponsorship, signing up to be part of our consultation pre opening group or as a member of our transition board.
We believe that good relationships between home and school build the very best foundation and are critical to a childs enjoyment, learning and success in school.
In all our schools we work in partnership with parents and carers to meet the needs of the children and families, both individually and as a group.
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