October 10, 2014 | By Emma McKinney
Wolverhampton, UK: A school for Sikhs is set to open in Wolverhampton as part of a new wave of free schools announced by the government.
The British Sikh School is due to open its doors in September next year in Blakenhall, offering education to up to 840 pupils aged 11 to 19
It is one of 35 new free schools across England this week approved by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – which will create more than 22,000 additional pupil places in the country.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said: “The school in Wolverhampton is a faith ethos school which will be based on Sikh principles but will be equally welcoming to all children regardless of their faith.
“The school will offer a rich and varied curriculum including English, maths, science and technology at its core but will also provide an extensive range of vocational courses from engineering, media studies, through to health and social care to meet the demands of local employers.”
It is one of three schools in the West Midlands to be given the green light, the others include Rugby Free Primary School in Warwickshire, which is already oversubscribed and will offer small classes of no more than 20 pupils.
The third free school planned for the region is Finham Park II in Coventry, a secondary establishment offering students the chance to study Mandarin, maths and IT to “elite levels”.
Responding to the news Natalie Evans, director of charity the New Schools Network, said the latest wave brings the total number of free schools open or approved in England to more than 360.
“We’ve seen the popularity of free schools across the country continue to grow amongst both groups wanting to set up new schools and parents wanting to secure a place for their child.
“In a recent survey of parents by Populus, 87 per cent of parents in the West Midlands – the highest number in the country – would welcome the chance to have a free school in their area and 84 per cent in the region said they would consider sending their child to a free school if one opened locally.”
Free Schools are state funded schools that are independent of local authority control. They have the freedom to decide the length of the school day and term, the curriculum, teachers’ pay and how they spend their budgets.
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