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 and the Education Funding Agency is in negotiation 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 2015.
Milton Keynes Education Trust is delighted to welcome Heronsgate School as a converter academy. The addition of Heronsgate School further strengthens the primary expertise within the Trust. Other benefits include the opportunity to offer a wider range of enriched educational opportunities. Closer links with Walton High will also ensure great continuity for the children who transfer to the school in Year 7. This enhanced partnership also means more sharing of support services that will result in cost savings. In this way the Trust will be able to ensure the maximum amount of funding is spent directly on the things that have the greatest impact on the achievements of children and young people.
The Trust’s application to open an Alternative Provision Free School has made it through to the next stage. The Project Group has been invited to an interview with officials from the Department for Education in London on 9 April to discuss the Trust’s plans in more detail. The final outcome of the application will be known in the summer.