|New High School Plan For South Ealing|
Find out more about the free school at meeting next week
A new high school for 840 pupils could be opened in South Ealing by 2015.
The Ealing Fields Free School is the dream of a group of local parents who've been concerned about the shortage of places at secondary schools in the area.
Each year group will have 120 pupils who will be selected on proximity to the school.
They want the new school to 'stretch pupils with high academic expectations, place an emphasis on parental involvement and provide a wide range of enrichment activities including sport, music, art and drama.'
The campaign has recently received a boost after qualifying for help from the New Schools Network (NSN), a charity that helps free schools.
The NSN programme only supports applications which have the most chance of being given the go-ahead by the Department for Education.
Only 16 school application nationwide were selected for this year's programme.
Judith Mortell, an educational psychologist and leader of the Ealing Fields Free School steering group, said:
'We are really delighted to have been accepted onto the development programme. Groups on the programme receive significant support in developing high quality application.
''Support within the community is growing. Not only are parents coming onto the website to register their support, many are volunteering their time and expertise or asking how else they can support the campaign.''
The Ealing Fields Free School is holding a public meeting at the Navastartian Centre, Northfields Avenue, Ealing, W13 9QU, on April 23.
There will be two sessions - 7-8pm and 8.30-9.30pm - designed to help parents find out more about the proposed school.
18th April 2013