24/05/2013 Opening September 2014: New Harris Free Schools
Seven new Harris Free Schools will be opening in September 2014.
A new Sixth Form in central London, being opened in collaboration with Westminster School
Two new primary schools in the London Borough of Bromley
A new primary school in Chafford Hundred
A new primary school in East Dulwich
A new secondary school in North Croydon
An all-through school in Tottenham
Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive of the Harris Federation said:
“Work is now underway with preparing for these new schools to open. We are grateful to the many parents, community groups and others who have so far supported our plans and proposals.
“Many did so because they were concerned about the shortage of high quality school places where they live, so we are very pleased that the new schools have been approved to open
“Now that the schools have the go-ahead, we will continue to involve local people as we develop our plans. There will be an information event in each area and we are particularly looking forward to hearing from parents at these meetings so we can make sure that the new schools match their aspirations.”
Councillors led by James Barber and local parents were actively involved in our bid for a new Primary Free School in East Dulwich. Cllr Barber said:
"I'm delighted that our campaign to have a desperately needed new primary school has been successful. This school will go some way to solve the primary school crisis for the East Dulwich area.
“A huge thank you to the 245 families who have lent their support but also the Harris Federation, without whom this application would not have been possible.”
Our bid to open a new Primary Free School in Chafford Hundred was actively supported by Jackie Doyle-Price MP and parents. Ms Doyle-Price said:
"I am thrilled that the Free School application has been successful. I would like to congratulate Harris Federation and the parents who have made this happen.
Chafford Hundred has needed additional primary school places for some time and I have been pleased to play my part in helping to make this happen. Well done to all involved and a big thank you to the Government for approving this application."
In Croydon, we worked closely with campaign group Invictus. Their member Dr Dola Imona said:
“This is an exciting opportunity to provide an environment to inspire excellence for our children in Croydon. We would like to thank the Harris Federation for unreservedly helping us drive this through and the faithful parents of Croydon for demanding excellence for their children”.
The Harris Westminster Sixth Form is being opened in collaboration with Westminster School. The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, will chair both Governing Bodies. He said:
“I am excited about this initiative to enable gifted and motivated young people from across London to fulfil their academic potential. We have a great deal of respect for the success of the Harris Federation with its existing academies in London and are very much looking forward to working with them.”
Also commenting on the Harris Westminster Sixth Form, Lord Adonis said:
“This is an immensely exciting and important venture – the first partnership to create a Sixth Form college between one of England’s leading private schools and one of its leading academy groups.
“I have long been urging top private schools to sponsor academies as a way of breaking down the Berlin Wall between private and state education, and the Harris Westminster Sixth Form is a breakthrough. With Westminster School and the Harris Federation as joint sponsors, this Sixth Form is likely to be hugely popular and a brilliant success.”
Further consultation materials and dates of events for all seven new schools will be published shortly on this website.