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Support from primary schools across Milton Keynes for the forest school inspired alternative provision free school continues to grow. Due to the unique nature of the curriculum to be offered, finding a suitable site within Milton Keynes has been a challenge. However, a location with great potential has now been identified in Shenley Church End and the Education Funding Agency has concluded negotiations with the landowners to secure a long term lease. To avoid the need to open in temporary accommodation, the school is now scheduled to open in September 2017.

The planning application for the development of the Alternative Provision Free School has been submitted to Milton Keynes Council. This follows a recent, and very successful, resident’s drop-in session at which the plans for the site were outlined and residents questions answered in detail. It is a requirement of the planning process to undertake a round of community engagement and for this more than 70 local people attended offering, in the main,  overwhelming support for the proposed scheme.

A number of potential contractors have expressed an interest in developing the site on a ‘traditional build contract’ basis and the formal tender inviting detailed responses will be published on 25 April 2016 with a closing date of 13 June 2016. Contractors interested in being added to the list likely to receive the tender should make contact with Jo Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is anticipated that construction on site will commence on 19 September 2016 with a completion target date of 4 September 2017.

A further round of evidence and support gathering from Milton Keynes Schools has revealed continuing (and enhanced) support for the project from the primary school community.

For more information regarding the project or to express a possible interest in working in this unique environment in 2017 please contact  david Hopkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.