Important Information for Parents and Carers
We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been in touch to express their excitement and continued support for the Newark–Toot Hill Free School (Newark Free School). We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and encouragement this announcement has generated in the wider community and we look forward to sharing each and every development and milestone with you all as we target a September 2017 opening.
We would like to outline the next stages of the opening process and provide more detailed information regarding applications.
The nature of opening a Free School means that there are often short periods of intense activity, punctuated by quieter weeks where development is going on behind the scenes. We will try to keep you updated throughout the process through monthly email newsletters, posting weekly stories on our website news feed and more frequent updates via Twitter. We will also be working with the local press to keep the wider community updated.
If you would like any further questions answered or if you have a general enquiry, please contact our Communications Officer, Stephanie Bird from 10.00am – 4.00pm using our website contact form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01949 863045.
Applications and 'The Golden Ticket'
This year the closing date for secondary school applications through the Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) process is the 31st October 2016. Other local authorities may have different arrangements.
Parents and carers who wish to apply for a place at Newark Free School can do so from the 1st September 2016(this is a revised date and supersedes the 1st October date mentioned in initial communications).
'The Golden Ticket' is the opportunity for parents and carers to apply directly (not through the NCC application process) for a place at the Newark Free School from the 1st September whilst also applying for a place at an established secondary school through the NCC application process.
First round applications for the Newark Free School will close on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 5.00pm. If you apply before that date, we will contact you on the 1st March to inform you if you have a place. You can still apply after that date but we cannot guarantee we will be able to confirm the outcome of your application by the 1st March. We many extend the application cut off date at our discretion.
The direct applications received by Newark Free School will be communicated to NCC after the secondary school places have been allocated at the beginning of March, giving parents the option to send their children to the Free School (if they have secured a place) and whichever school they are allocated through the NCC system.
This duel track system provides parents and carers with the reassurance that their child will have a school place for September 2017. Once parents and carers have made their final decision they can reject one of the two places on offer.
The location of the school will be decided through consultation with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Newark Free School team. The announcement of the school location can only take place after all commercial contracts have been signed. We anticipate that this information will be available before the final application date of the 31st January, allowing parents to make a more informed decision.
We can only disclose the location of the school once we have had formal confirmation from the EFA.
Whilst timelines can change during the development of a school the following should give a general indication of the key milestones in the project.
During the summer holidays the Department for Education (DfE) and Education Funding Agency (EFA) will meet with representatives of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust (TAGT) to start to plan the finer details of the project and begin the process of looking for a school site.
This summer will be a relatively quiet period for news and communications. We will continue tweeting over the summer and should any major announcement happen we will notify all registered parents by email and through our website news feed.
At the start of the Autumn Term (if not sooner) we will announce the dates of our Year 6 Open Evenings. These events will provide parents and children with the chance to find out more about Newark Free School and meet key members of staff. At these events we will be fully outlining the curriculum model, enrichment opportunities and the wider vision for the school.
1st September: First round of direct applications to Newark Free School open.
Dates TBC: Year 6 Open Evenings held.
31st October: NCC secondary school application deadline.
31st January: First round of direct applications to Newark Free School close.
1st February: Second round of direct applications to Newark Free School open.
1st March: NCC and Newark Free School notify parents of place allocation.
Date TBC: NCC final cut off date for accepting places through NCC.
Date TBC: Induction events for Year 6 students, parents and carers.
Date TBC: Information event for Year 4 and 5 parents and carers.
Date TBC: Uniform shop and Year 6 parents and carers meeting.
30th June: Second round of direct applications to Newark Free School close.
4th September: Provisional school opening date.
You can sign up for news updates here: http://www.newarkfreeschool.co.uk/#home-signup
Finally, can we take this opportunity to thank you once again for your continued support.
Posted 12/08/2016 by Whole School