SGS Academy Trust is proposing that an 11-16 Free School should be established in the Hardwicke / Quedgeley area of Gloucestershire.
A detailed application must be submitted by November 11th 2019 and this initial consultation seeks to establish general support for the application prior to submission.
SGS would like the local community to input into this process so we are holding an open consultation meeting on Thursday 3 October (7.30pm start) at Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, GL2 4QA.
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Secondary School Proposal
It is proposed that a new 11-16 school is built in south of the City of Gloucester under the Government’s ‘Free School’ programme.
SGS Academy Trust, sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, will be looking to develop a scheme for submission to the Department for Education in early November 2019.
The new school will initially have three forms of entry. Each form would equate to 25-30 children. Over a four year timespan, this will grow to six forms of entry, with a maximum of 900 children after year four.
Opening in September 2022, this new school will support the growing communities around Hardwicke / Quedgeley as new housing developments are completed and would cost £15-20m.
Focus On Technology & Science
The new school will be completely different from a standard secondary school in that it will use the entire expertise of SGS Academy Trust and the SGS College to provide a full range of curriculum subjects, with an absolute focus on Digital and Engineering Technology – leaning on the expertise of our University Technical College and the employers we engage with. SGS Kingsway will also be ‘Autism Friendly’ with the school building and environment designed and operated to ensure pupils with Autism are supported within a mainstream environment.
This approach means that alongside the national curriculum, there will be a focus on technology and science, working very closely with the SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College, local Universities and major employers to bring the curriculum to life so that it aligns with the working world into which young people will progress.
It is our intention to ensure that all pupils are prepared for the world of work, or further study when they exit the school after GCSEs. Impartial, independent careers education advice and guidance will form part of the offer with 100% of school leavers securing a place at a local school or college sixth form, a college or into a workplace apprenticeship.
About SGS Academy Trust
A Free School bid is submitted and sponsored by an existing Academy Trust. SGS Academy Trust was formed in 2015 by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and includes three schools. Forest High School was the first school in the Trust and is based in Cinderford.
Forest High School was in a very poor position as the second worst performing school in Gloucestershire and it was in an Ofsted category of ‘Special Measures’. SGS Academy Trust has managed to bring that school out of Special Measures and it is now performing at a level just below average for the County but is expected to be judged Good at its next inspection in 2021.
In 2017, SGS Academy Trust opened two specialised Free Schools. SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College (UTC) in Gloucestershire specialises in Digital Technology (Cyber Security) and Advanced Manufacturing for 14-19 year olds. Students enrol into the UTC and access a full national curriculum at 14 (Year 10) plus additional specialist courses in one of the specialisms. Working with many employers, the UTC will provide both the qualifications for work and/or progression into Further and Higher Education and it recognises that young people need practical, good quality work experience to ensure that they will be employable in their future life.
The second Free School was SGS Pegasus. This school specialises in providing a national curriculum at primary through to post-16 (4-18 years) for children and young people with autism. The school is designed to meet the needs of all children with autism, however those needs manifest themselves. The school’s aim is to place them eventually into mainstream education.
The Trust is therefore very experienced at establishing new schools across the widest range of year groups and with a specialism, either technical or pedagogical.