Teachers appeal for free school support

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A GROUP of teachers wants to set up a free independent school to match the standard of education at fee-paying ones.

The teachers have set up a website which calls for parents, organisations and businesses to get behind the scheme.

In an email to The Herald, the group, calling itself East Sussex Free School Group, said, “We are a group of secondary school teachers very concerned about sending our children to any of the state secondary schools in the area.

“We are aware many parents look to the independent sector for the best education, but cannot afford the fees.

“There are parents who despair of their local schools, or those for whom normal school hours just do not fit their working life. We want to offer a solution. A school that opens longer and provides high quality education to its pupils is the answer. A school set up by the joint efforts of teachers and the parents who want the best.”

On the website, the group says the school would be a teacher-led initiative, not a profit-making company.

The aim is to create a secondary education facility, with an annual intake of 120 pupils, with a more traditional approach to learning and discipline.

The group says the non-selective free school will have greater parental involvement, competitive atmosphere and strong discipline while offering a traditional curriculum including GCSEs, iGCSEs and A levels.

All homework will be completed in school and there will be later closing times and additional extended school activities, which is thought to benefit working parents.

The group says the school will be for youngsters across East Sussex. Find out more or register interest at https://sites.google.com/site/eastsussexfreeschool.