Free school planned

23 February 2012

by Nigel Burnham

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.

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