Plans for free school gathering speedBy Laura Herbert
September 28, 2012
Plans to create a free school in Wokingham town are moving quickly as almost all parents asked are in favour of the idea.
A number of mums and dads launched Evendons Free School group to look at the possibility of creating a free school within the town to ease the rising pressure on primary school places.
The group launched a survey and questionnaire and 94 per cent of the 200 parents asked were in favour of creating a free school.
The survey also revealed around 34 parents said they would consider moving their child from a borough school to the new free school.
Member Victoria Webb said: “We had a good response from the questionnaire and survey so our next step is to work on a proposal to start the process of applying for a free school.
“We are waiting for clarification about setting it up for 2013, if not we will set it up for 2014.”
Mrs Webb, of Luckley Wood, continued: “Some of it is fear factor as we are hearing the birth rate is going to be much higher and the free school is creating an extra choice so it gives parents more control.
“Wokingham Borough Council have said they have issues with school places next year.”
Council officers are currently holding a series of meeting with parents to address the school places issues and the council has pledged to create at least 90 extra primary school places for the September 2013/14 intake.
The council’s preferred option is to create new additional school sites with options including a new academy or free schools, or split sites managed by existing head teachers and governing bodies.
Evendons Free School group is also looking for possible sites to set up a free school, with the former White House School top of the list.
Mrs Webb added: “We have asked the council to let us know if they know of any other sites around this area and we are talking to estate agents to see if they know of land for sale.”
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