Manchester Grammar School – one of the country’s oldest and best-performing schools – will help start an inner city ‘free school’ for state pupils. The school has recently revealed its vision for building a state primary in Ancoats.
Staff at the New Islington Free School would managed by senior MGS teachers, who would also play a big part in how the curriculum is set. The 210-place primary is a joint project between award-winning developers Urban Splash, Manchester Grammar and Manchester council. Part of a new government initiative allowing parents and organisations to set up their own schools. Successful applicants get building cash and annual state funding.
Chris Ray, High Master of MGS, said the proposed primary would not be a ‘clone’ of the 500-year-old school but would share its ‘commitment to excellence.’
As part of the tie-in, art, science, music, and language teachers from the exclusive school will also visit the primary to run specialist lessons. And musicians from the Halle Orchestra , who currently help tutor students at MGS, will also carry out music lessons with primary students.
Three priority catchments have been identified; the residential area immediately surrounding the School in New Islington, the residential areas immediately adjacent to New Islington and children of commuters who work in the city centre.
A two-acre plot at the heart of the development has been earmarked as the ideal location for a new school, across the canal from Royal Mills, just behind the electrical clearence centre. But for the scheme to progress, they must get enough interest from families by February. Those interested in sending their children to the new school need to register their interest over the internet at the Urban Splash website before 23 February 2012. To register your interest visit http://www.newislingtonschool.com/
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What is the location and admissions policy for the New Islington Free School?
Please refer to our location page to see a map and excerpt from the draft admissions policy for the School.
What is the age range of the intake?
Primary ages 4 to 11 (Reception to Year 6).
Is the School for both boys and girls?
Will there be an academic selection process?
The School will be a comprehensive (non-selective on academic grounds) in its intake.
How many children will be in each class and allocated teaching staff?
There will be a maximum of 30 children in each class, with a teacher and teaching assistant.
How many children will be in each class?
There will be no more than 30 children in each class.
What will be the adult/child ratio in the classroom?
There will be one Form Teacher and one Teaching Assistant for each class.
What will MGS’s educational leadership bring to the School?
MGS will bring its educational vision and ethos to New Islington Free School. It will establish a broad-based curriculum that encourages every girl and boy to fulfil their potential. There will be close contact between the schools at all levels allowing New Islington Free School to benefit from the resources and expertise available at MGS.
Will New Islington Free School have an extended day?
‘Wrap-around care’ will be available between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. There will be a charge for this facility.
Will the School premises be available for community use?
The School’s facilities will be made available for community use but details are not available yet.
Will New Islington Free School have Early Years provision (a nursery facility)?
There will be no Early Years provision initially at New Islington Free School. However, depending upon demand, this may be considered at a later date.
Will New Islington Free School be a private school?
No; New Islington Free School will be a state school funded in full by the Department for Education.
Will New Islington Free School be an independent school?
Yes; all Free Schools are independent of state or local authority control.
Who will be responsible for the way New Islington Free School operates?
New Islington Free School will be set-up and run by a not-for-profit company that will become an exempt educational charity. The Directors of that company will form the Board of Governors of the School and will be responsible for the operation of the School