Watling Park School celebrates success of free schools with Prime Minister
Claire Delaney, Chair of Bellevue Place Education Trust, joined the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education to represent Watling Park School at a reception at Lancaster
House in London to celebrate the success of free schools across the country.
Part of the Bellevue Place Education Trust family of primary schools, Watling Park School plans to provide a combination of the best that state and independent education has to offer.
Watling Park School was one of over 200 schools represented at the event. The first free
schools opened just over three years ago in September 2011, yet there are now 360 of
these schools open or approved to open, together creating more than 200,000 new school
Establishing new schools is a crucial and effective way to improve education across the
country – boosting choice for parents and helping drive up standards across the board. Free
schools are brand new state-funded schools, independent of local council control. They have
the freedom to innovate and respond directly to the needs of parents and local communities.
The Prime Minister said: “The success of free schools has been remarkable. The creation of
251 new free schools in just four and a half years, with three-quarters of them being rated
good or outstanding, is something to be incredibly proud of. Free schools bring innovation,
create choice and competition, and raise standards and I whole-heartedly believe that they
are driving an extraordinary and beneficial change in Britain. We want to go on investing and
helping with the free school success, to create the best education system in Western Europe
that enables young people to get on and make the most of their lives”.
Ms Delaney added: “Watling Park School will provide a rich learning environment full of arts,
drama, sport, music and academic rigour and will teach children to learn, enjoy and succeed
in their school career and beyond. Our goal is to be outstanding in everything we do in all
our schools by providing a nurturing environment with the highest expectations for academic
achievement, personal development and pupil well-being.”
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