A CHURCH in Newcastle which wants to open a free school in the city said this week that it had been “overwhelmed” by the response. Clayton Memorial Church unveiled plans for a 700-place school, to be called Clayton Academy, in December. This week, the architects of the scheme said that the parents of more than 325 children had expressed an interest, and that they had only eight spaces available for children entering the reception class.
The Revd Jonathan Pryke, Assistant Curate and trustee of the Jesmond Trust, said: “We are delighted with the response so far. We’ve had a vision for Christian education for a long time, and the response we’ve had is a strong indication that what we are offering has a wide appeal to parents in Tyneside.”
If the Department for Education gives Clayton Academy the go-ahead, it would open in September 2013, with a reception class and a Year-7 class for ten- and 11-year-olds.