Parents show strong interest in Rugby’s new free secondary school

The school hopes to open in September next year
The school hopes to open in September next year

More than 100 people attended an open event for the town’s first free secondary school.

Rugby Free Secondary school held its first event on Wednesday September 23 and the school team said they were thrilled that more than 100 people came along.

The school has been approved by the Department for Education to enter the pre-opening phase and will be an 11-19 school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and an additional focus on the study of Music.

The school plans to open in Rugby, at a location to be confirmed, with an initial intake of 180 Year 7 pupils. It will grow to reach full capacity of 1,260 students in 2022, helping to address the need for secondary school places in the borough. It will be the sister school of Rugby Free Primary School, which opened in September.

Parents can apply for the free school as well as a local authority place, meaning they could potentially have two offers to choose from.

Lead proposer Tom Legge said: “It was fantastic to see such a huge number of families at our first open event on Wednesday and we received some excellent feedback.”

Additional open events will be held at Rugby Free Primary School between 6.30pm-8pm on Tuesday October 13 and Thursday October 22.

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