Plans to create Rugby’s first ‘free school’ have taken a step forward.
Rugby Free Primary School hopes to open with an initial intake of 60 pupils in the reception year.
It has now been given the go-ahead by the Government to enter the ‘pre-opening phase’ with a view to opening in September 2015.
Free schools are independent, state-funded schools which have the same legal status as academies.
Rugby resident and lead proposer Tom Legge, who has helped open more than 30 free schools, said: “The team and I are thrilled that Rugby Free Primary School has been approved into the pre-opening phase and that we are now able to progress our plans with the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency to make our vision a reality.
“The support of parents and the wider community has been fantastic and we look forward to working together to create an excellent school as well as a valuable community resource.”
The school plans to provide an additional 420 primary school places for the area by 2021.
It will be non-selective and free to attend.
The school plans to open two new reception classes each year until it reaches full capacity.
A number of potential sites have been identified for the school and the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency are working together to secure a site.
The school hopes to open in the north of the town and provide places for children moving into new housing developments.
Mr Legge said only qualified teachers would be appointed to English and maths classes.
He added: “We are planning to have three qualified teachers for each year group meaning that we will have a teacher for every 20 pupils.
“Pupils will be prepared for a successful transition to secondary school and we will offer additional tuition and support for those preparing for the 11+ or common entrance examinations.”
If opened, Rugby Free Primary School would be inspected by Ofsted in the same way as other schools in the area.
For more information, visit www.rugbyfreeprimary.co.uk or find it on Facebook.