Hadlow College in Kent is proposing to have its very own free school. The school will have a specialism described as a ‘rural ethos’.
If successful, the ‘Hadlow Rural Community School’ will be a secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 16 and based on Hadlow College’s campus.
If the land-based college is successful the new school will open as soon as September next year.
Vice principal Lynda Browntold told a local newspaper: “The practical opportunities to enhance the traditional curriculum are enormous and it offers a chance for young people to experience ‘hands on’ learning in outdoor classrooms, making their education both meaningful and exciting and keeping them fully engaged in education.
Free schools are part of the Coalition Government’s education policy and allows a variety of organisations, from churches to colleges, to set up a new school.