Developing Free Schools - working closely with local communities
The Russell Education Trust [RET] are working in close partnership with parents, communities, and diocesan authorities to set up and run new Free Schools. These schools will be inclusive comprehensives with the highest possible academic standards, serving their locality and working as part of their local family of schools. Both RET, and the founding groups with whom we work, are firmly resolved that our Free Schools will all be judged to be good or outstanding by OfSTED and their communities within two years of opening. For more information about our schools please follow the links to their websites:
Bristol Free School was opened in 2011. It was established by RET in partnership with Parents’ Voice, a local group that had been campaigning for a new community secondary school in their community for a number of years. They wanted a high quality, secular and genuinely comprehensive state secondary school that would help to keep local primary school friendship groups together. Bristol Free School received its first Ofsted report in February 2013 and was judged to be good with outstanding leadership and management, and outstanding behaviour.
Becket Keys was established by RET in 2012 in partnership with local primary head teachers and the Diocese of Chelmsford. The original idea for the school came from Andy Scott-Evans, former head teacher of St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School, who recognised the strong demand for a Church of England Secondary among local parents. Mr Scott-Evans became the founding headteacher of Becket Keys, and the school was oversubscribed from the outset.
King’s is an ecumenical Christian school, established by RET in 2013 in partnership with local parents. It is temporarily located in Portslade, but also serves the BN3 area of Hove, which faces an imminent shortfall in secondary school places. The school's founding headteacher is Steve Flavin who is aiming to make King’s a beacon of success in the area.
St. Andrew's was established by RET in 2013 in partnership with the Classical Education Trust and the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. It is the first Greek Orthodox school to be established in the UK.
Turing House is due to open in September 2014 and is being established by RET in partnership with local parents. It will be an inclusive comprehensive school, with a broad and balanced curriculum, specialising in Science, Engineering and Music.
RET are also working with other parent proposer groups on future Free School proposals including: