Free school set to open in Silvertown in September

By Rob Virtue on January 9, 2014 10:42 AM |

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A free school hoping to open in Royal Docks later this year has launched a public consultation to get feedback from parents into the proposal.

Oasis Academy Silvertown has already received pre-approval from the Department for Education.

The secondary school, which will initially start with a Year Seven of 120 students, is currently looking for a home on the south side of the docks.

The consultation period started on Monday and will run until February 22. There will also be two public meetings on January 30 at Britannia Village Hall in the Royal Docks at 4pm and 6pm.

Principle designate Charles Claxton said: "I urge local people to come along to our public consultation meetings to hear our plans for the new school and share their thoughts and views.

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"I am thrilled with all the messages of support and offers of help I have received and look forward to working in partnership with the wider community in the Royal Docks to open the school next September."

The school promises to be inclusive, non-selective and co-educational for children aged 11-16. It will work alongside Britannia Village Primary School. Oasis Community Learning, which already has 40 academies up and running, is behind the proposal.

Oasis Academy comes in addition to massive schemes such as Silvertown Quays and Royal Wharf planned for the area.

Mr Caxton said: "The school will be at the heart of the new Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, which is bringing huge investment and regeneration to the area, especially in emerging green and creative industries."

Go to oasisacademysilvertown.org for more information and for a link to the consultation


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