Newsletter – 21 May 2013

School Site

We have been working exceptionally hard over the last couple of weeks to close a premises transaction, and are now delighted to be able to tell you that – subject to legal formalities – EFA have reached an agreement to acquire what will be the school’s permanent site from this coming September.

EFA, CfBT and the other parties to the transaction will issue a joint press release in the next few days, and until then we are not able to announce full details about the site. However, we can say that we will be opening in the Herne Hill / SE24 area. A complete package about the building, grounds, and our plans for them, including pictures, will be on our website as soon as possible. We’ll hope to organise some site tours during the summer.

In other news…

We have continued our recruitment plans and expect to be able to announce our first class teachers soon. Our recruitment drive for teaching assistants and part-time specialist teachers of music and sport is in full swing and we expect to have a full complement of teaching and teaching support staff in place well before we open our doors for the first time.

School governance is another area we are working on. As you may have read in Basia’s latest newsletter, CfBT Schools Trust will appoint up to six Community Governors to the governing body of the school. These Community Governors would work alongside other governors drawn from the parents, founder group, and staff in managing the school and ensuring it becomes and remains a success. We would like members of the local community interested in this unique school to consider contributing their time and talents. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please read here and download the Community Governor information pack. We are open to all and want to build a governing body with a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and strengths.

Thank you to all of you who have gone through our application and admissions process. We realise that it’s been stressful for many of you and that some of you have been disappointed. We are still working through our waiting list and if you are still hoping for an offer, please hold on – we may well get to you in the next couple of weeks or so. So far we have about 70 acceptances across the four classes we plan to open with: we expect this number to increase in the current and next offer windows, especially as Reception remains oversubscribed.

Now that all systems are go, you can expect plenty more newsletters. We’ll arrange some get-to-know-you events for new pupils and those moving from other schools – so if you are a JKPS parent, please look out for those.

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