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Archway Learning Trust is currently in the process of applying to the Department for Education (DfE) to open an 11 - 16 Free School to open in September 2021. Our application is being supported by the New Schools Network and we believe has a strong chance of success given the need for more secondary school places in Nottingham City and the proposed new school model being based on the family of school’s success of Archway Learning Trust.

What is a 11 - 16 Free school?

11 - 16 simply represents the age range of the students, in other words Secondary School. A free school in England is a type of Academy, a non-profit-making, independent, State-funded school which is free to attend but which is not controlled by a local authority.

Why a new school?

Nottingham City has seen a significant increase in demand for primary places in recent years and this increase is now starting to move into secondary schools, with the greatest demand of secondary school places being in North West and North East Central Nottingham, where already the schools serving this area are over-subscribed. Archway Learning Trust is passionately committed to raising aspirations and improving life chances of the young people of Nottingham, with this desire, local knowledge and the demand on school places, Archway Learning Trust can build on the experience and strengths of the Trust and its family to expand the provision of outstanding secondary education in Nottingham City.

Where will the New School be?

We are looking at locations within the North West / North East Central Nottingham.

When will the New School Open?

The deadline for submission of our application to the DfE in early November 2018. This would allow for a two year window for planning and building, prior to opening in September 2021.

Who are Archway Learning Trust?

Archway Learning Trust (formerly named Bluecoat Academies Trust) was formed in April 2014, built upon the very long and successful history of Bluecoat Academy, now comprised of Bluecoat Aspley Academy, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy, Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, The Nottingham Emmanuel School and Bluecoat Primary Academy. To find out more about Archway Learning Trust click here.

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