Consultation on new secondary school in Reading

News from: Reading Borough Council

Parents and members of the public are being invited to take part in a consultation on proposals for a new secondary school in Reading.

The council selected a preferred location for a new 6-form entry secondary school last month to cope with the ongoing growth in demand for school places in the town.

Land at Richfield Avenue, west of Rivermead Leisure Centre and bordering Thameside Promenade, has been chosen as the preferred site for the new 900-place free school to open in September 2021.

A formal consultation on the plans will be the first step towards identifying a provider for the new school and the Council applying for Department for Education (DfE) funding under its Wave 13 Free Schools programme.

Members of the public are being asked what key features they would be looking for in a new secondary school, what the curriculum should focus on, what characteristics would be the most important, options for admission criteria and the preferred type of academy to run the school.

The consultation documents are available online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk and the deadline for responses is 31 August 2018.

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