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Haverhill heads are united in their support of a new free school

Heads of Castle Manor and Samuel Ward Academies come together to support plans for a Free School .

FL; Teacher Alison Harris from Castle Manor talks with the heads about the future.

Heads of Castle Manor and Samuel Ward Academies come together to support plans for a Free School . FL; Teacher Alison Harris from Castle Manor talks with the heads about the future.

The principles of Haverhill’s two academies have come together to show their joint support for plans to create a new free school in the town.

Principal of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust, Madeleine Vigar, hosted Samuel Ward Academy principal, Howard Lay, as part of the planning for the trust’s proposed SEBD Free School.

Representatives from schools, education providers and local businesses have been part of the planning for school for the last six months, and have joined forces to discuss the proposals and assess the local need.

Tuesday’s (December 11) meeting was part of this process and part of ensuring that the proposed school fits correctly into the jigsaw of education provision in Haverhill.

Ms Vigar said: “Education in Haverhill is a key part of the transformation that has enabled the town to move on from the negative aspects of it’s past and has helped to make it such a positive place to live and work.

“Ensuring continued outstanding education across the town, alongside the exciting developments in and around the town will secure Haverhill’s future reputation.”

Samuel Ward Academy recently got the go ahead to open the Churchill School, a special educational needs school for up to 70 pupils, which is due to open in September 2013. The school will focus on students which have speech, language, communication and interaction needs.

The proposal was fully supported by the Castle partnership Academy Trust and Ms Vigar accompanied Mr Lay and the team that made a presentation to the Department for Education.

All schools in the town work together to provide an all through learning experience, providing a strong focus on transition from primary to secondary phase from an early stage.

The Castle Partnership Academy Trust is holding a community consultation about the proposed school on Tuesday December 18 at 5.30pm at Castle Manor Academy. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

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