The government has approved plans for the Gipsy Hill secondary free school project to go forward to the next stage and seek a site in the West Norwood area.
The new school is now planned to open in September 2017 – so children starting year 5 primary in September 2015 would be the first intake for the new school. The school will have 8 forms of entry (240 children per year). The government requires all new state schools to be free schools – so they are independent of the local council. The new Gipsy Hill secondary school will be sponsored by the Gipsy Hill Federation Trust.
Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton, Fenstanton, Crawford and Glenbrook schools are community schools run by the local council and together form the Gipsy Hill Federation with Sir Craig Tunstall as the executive head teacher.
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On Monday 15th September there is a meeting 6pm to 7pm at Julian’s Primary School ,16 Wolfington Road SE27 0JF for families applying for a secondary school place in the 2015/16 school year and the chance to ask questions about the process.
Applications must be made by Friday 31st October at the latest. And many schools ask for a Supplementary Information Form that must get to the school by Friday 17th or Friday 24th October – depending on the specific school .
Each school has a range of open sessions during the school day and evenings or weekends for families to visit. Full details are in the Secondary Schools in Lambeth 2014/15 booklet. The first open sessions at our local schools are :