Rugby’s first free secondary school ‘will challenge and excite pupils’

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey,  Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Rugby Free School proposer Tom Legge
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Rugby Free School proposer Tom Legge

The lead proposer of the town’s new free secondary school has said parents and pupils can expect a curriculum that ‘challenges and excites them’.

Tom Legge, a trustee of Knowledge School Trust, chair of governors at Eastlands Primary and chair of the Local Governing Body of Rugby Free Primary School, said the secondary school aims to open in September next year.

Rugby Free Secondary School will include a sixth form and has been approved to open with an initial intake of 180 Year 7 pupils. The school will grow to reach full capacity of 1,260 students in 2022, and the trust says it will help to address the current and accelerating need for high quality secondary school places in Rugby.

Rugby Free Secondary School will be a ‘STEMM’ school with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and an additional focus on the study of music.

A number of potential sites have already been identified for the school and the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency are now working to secure one of these as soon as possible.

Mr Legge, who has lived in Rugby for eight years and has helped to set up more than 40 free schools across the country, said: “I would suggest that parents do not focus overly on the fact that it is a free school. While we are immensely privileged and proud to be part of the free schools programme, we hope in time that our schools are simply referred to as one of a number of excellent local schools in the town.”

When full, the school will employ over 100 staff and all teaching staff will have Qualified Teacher Status.

Mr Legge said: “Parents can expect a school where every aspect of school life has been designed from scratch, taking into account the combined knowledge of a group of people who are aware of what it takes to make a school Outstanding.

“Parents can expect a headteacher than has been through an extremely rigorous selection process and a staff that has been hand picked to deliver the STEMM curriculum and ensure that we are meeting the very high standards the Trust has set and parents should demand.

“They can expect to see brand new equipment that their child will use for the first time and a curriculum that will excite and challenge them in equal measure. Parents should expect that their children leave for and return from school with a smile on their face and with lots of interesting information to share.”

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