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E21C trust to open brand new school in 2016

The Beckenham Academy will offer 180 initial school places when it opens in September 2016, helping to meet local demand

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 07, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

Education for the 21st Century (E21C), the multi-academy trust based in Kent, has announced the opening of its new member school, The Beckenham Academy (TBA) in September 2016. Following a bid in October 2014, the Department of Education granted E21C permission to open a brand new 11-18 Free School in Beckenham to match the demand for schooling in the borough. An opening date has now been set and the application process has begun for its 180 available places for next year.  

Whilst delicate and commercially sensitive negotiations continue with The Education Funding Agency (EFA) to agree a permanent site for the school, TBA will be opening in a temporary location from September 2016, at The Ravensbourne School (TRS), another member school of the E21C Trust. The Ravensbourne School location will provide full access to all its specialist facilities such as science labs, playing fields, ICT suites and more. The site also offers a central location to the area and fantastic transport links, making starting the new school a smooth process. 

An open evening will be held for The Beckenham Academy at The Ravensbourne School on 6 October 2015. This will be a chance for prospective parents and students to hear from the Principle Delegate to talk about the plans for the school and the opportunities it offers to the new intake of students for 2016. An open week will also take place between 19th – 22nd October for those parents and students that would like to see a secondary school in operation.   

CEO of E21C, Paul Murphy, says: “We’re really excited to let everyone know about the launch of The Beckenham Academy. The trust has seen some great success since its launch and as CEO I’m extremely pleased we can offer a new free school to the borough of Bromley as demand increases. We’re in continued talks with the Department of Education as we develop further plans regarding the location, however, in the meantime we are offering a fantastic alternative to the students at TBA with the use of the TRS facilities. It will allow The Beckenham Academy to fully operate as a ‘school within a school’.”

Principal of The Beckenham Academy, Mrs Codling, comments: “As Principal of the academy, I will be heavily involved with each step of its development and I cannot wait for the school to begin its first year. The trust’s philosophy is ‘developing the ‘whole’ child’. It’s a very forward thinking approach to education and as an experienced teacher, I’m eager to showcase to the students how important it is to not only just think about their results but also their preparation for the future. This philosophy will be at the heart of what we will be doing at The Beckenham Academy. The teaching staff, admissions policy and uniform have all been established and whilst we wait for confirmation our permanent location, we’re keen to begin using the fantastic offering we have created at TRS and sharing this with the local students joining the school.”    

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