Plan for new secondary ‘free’ school in Rugby

Parents are being urged to express their support for the proposal
Parents are being urged to express their support for the proposal

The trust behind the town’s first free primary school has announced a bid to set up a free secondary school in Rugby.

Rugby Free Primary School will open with two reception classes in September and will be based in the iKon building at Central Park, Rugby.

Those behind the school are putting together a bid for an 11-19 secondary school which would focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and music.

Parents, especially those of current Year Four and Year Five children, are being asked by backers to show their support for the proposal which will be submitted to the Department for Education in late May.

Lead proposer and Rugby resident Tom Legge said: “Rugby Free Secondary School will be a ‘STEMM’ school meaning there will be a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and an additional focus on Music.

“There is a body of research that demonstrates a correlation between the study of music and improved academic performance, particularly in maths. Making and performing music is also great fun!

“As with our successful application for Rugby Free Primary, we need to demonstrate support from the local community to make this happen – particularly parents and carers with children currently in Years four and five.”

Rugby Free Primary School will be independent but state-funded. It will be free for pupils to attend and non-selective.

To find out more about the potential free secondary school and to register support for it, visit