What is the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust?
Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust was established in 2007; its founding school, Shireland Collegiate Academy, is an Outstanding school located in the Smethwick area, West Midlands. As of September 2017, the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust family included Shireland Collegiate Academy, Thorns Collegiate Academy and Holyhead Primary Academy. The Approval for a further four Technology Primary Schools is to be established, one of which is in Coseley. To find out more about the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, please visit the website here.
What is a free school?
Free schools are government-funded schools which aren’t run by the local council. They have greater flexibility to set the best curriculum for the community they serve and like academies, they have greater control over their budgets. Free schools are non-selective and free to attend.
Do free schools make a profit?
No. Free Schools can only be set up and run by a not-for-profit academy trusts, which are exempt charities. The school will be run by the Principal and their leadership team and they will be answerable to the Board of Governors.
Where will the new free school be located?
At the moment we are considering a number of sites but nothing has been decided yet. Before we reach that point we need to seek approval from the DfE to open a school; we have run a consultation period as part of that.
Once we have approval we can start to firm plans up and consult with the community in a more detailed, constructive way. We don’t expect the school to open until September 2018 at the earliest.
Will you follow the National Curriculum?
One of the benefits of a free school is its ability to set the best curriculum offer for its pupils. The school’s purpose will be to enable pupils to achieve beyond their expectations by providing the best technology-enabled education opportunities. We will have the flexibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of pupils.
Will all teachers be qualified?
Yes. All teachers at the proposed Coseley Technology Primary school will be fully qualified with additional support in classrooms in the form of School Direct trainee teachers.
Will the school be selective?
No. Free Schools have to follow the new admissions code like all state-funded schools
Can I apply for a place?
Applications for school places will open as soon as the school site is confirmed. If you are interested in a place at Coseley Technology Primary, please keep an eye on our Website, Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our project team at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I stay in touch as the project develops?
If you subscribe to the newsletter you will receive all the latest news first. We will be posting developments on Twitter and Facebook too. As the project develops we will arrange meetings and open days with parents and the community to provide further information on plans and developments.
When will job vacancies be available?
At the moment we are still in our consultation process, before we can start releasing job vacancies we need to seek approval from the Department for Education to open a school. Once we have approval we can start to firm plans up and consult with the community in a more detailed, constructive way.