MPs welcome Rugby’s first ‘free school’

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey,  Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Tom Legge at Lancaster House, London
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Tom Legge at Lancaster House, London

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan have welcomed the town’s first ‘free school’.

Rugby Free Primary School was recently approved by the Department for Education into the ‘pre-opening’ phase, with a view to opening with an initial intake of 60 pupils in the reception year next September.

It will be non-selective, free to attend and plans to appoint one qualified teacher for every 20 pupils.

MP Mark Pawsey said: “I very much welcome Rugby’s first free school, opening next September, which will provide a choice for local parents and much needed additional school places in our area.

“I am confident that the school will give our children a great education and be a valuable resource for the wider community.”

Lead proposer Tom Legge said: “Excellent progress has already been made in the two weeks since we received the go-ahead from the Department for Education.

“We are working closely with the DfE and the Education Funding Agency to secure a site in the north of the town and will announce the exact position as soon as a site is secured.

“We are delighted with the high level of interest already shown by prospective parents and we look forward to sharing our plans for the school and news on our progress at upcoming Open Events.”

Visit www.rugbyfreeprimary.co.uk for details.