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United Learning Given Go-Ahead to Open Primary Free School in Walthamstow

DfE approves bid for school to open in September 2014. Primary free school to work closely with United Learning's Walthamstow Academy

The Department for Education (DfE) has today given the go-ahead for a new primary Free School to open in Waltham Forest.

The application to open a new primary school in Waltham Forest was put forward by United Learning who already have a secondary academy in the borough – Walthamstow Academy.

United Learning will now work closely with Waltham Forest Council, the DfE and the local community to develop plans for the new school with a view to it opening in September 2014. The co-educational school will initially open with just a Reception group and will grow its pupil body a year at a time.

Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive of United Learning, said:

‘We are delighted that our application for a primary free school in Waltham Forest has been approved to go through to the pre-opening stage.

‘As we demonstrated in our application, there is significant demand for a new primary school in the area and we look forward to working with the local community to create a school which properly meets the needs of local families.

‘Our Walthamstow Academy, which continues to go from strength to strength, is fast becoming the first choice of secondary school for local parents and we expect to emulate the success of the academy in the primary free school.

‘We will now be working alongside the local community, Waltham Forest Council and the Department for Education to make our vision for a brand new primary school into a reality.’

Emma Skae, Principal of Walthamstow Academy, said:

'Walthamstow Academy is really pleased to be involved in the opening of a primary free school in Waltham Forest. We are committed to sharing good practice and to working with other schools and with the local community, and a new United Learning primary free school gives us another opportunity to do just that. We are also especially pleased that we can help in some way to solve the problem of a shortage of primary places in this area.’

Posted: May 22, 2013,
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