Third time lucky for Manchester Free School bid


Bright Futures Educational Trust has re-launched a bid to open a free school in Gorton, despite already making two unsuccessful bids. The trust runs two academies in Greater Manchester – Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton and South Shore Academy in Blackpool. However the bid was rejected after Ofsted inspectors downgraded Cedar Mount to ‘inadequate’ in June. In spite of this, executive Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski insists, “It takes time to turn around extremely vulnerable schools”.

Free schools are a type of non-profit, state-funded independent academy which aren’t controlled by the local authority or tuition-fee based. Rushbrook Primary Academy, the new free school, would be part of Gorton Educational Village and already has 60 places spoken for.

Dame Dana also added: “The area is one of deprivation and we feel we can really bring something important to the community. It’s not just about education; it’s about what we can offer to families in the area”.

TNT Education Charlotte Beale

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