Free School Bid

Free School Bid Announcement

The Inspire Education Trust, supported by Blue Coat CofE School Coventry and the Diocesan Board of Education, is delighted to announce that an application to open a new ‘Blue Coat CofE School Nuneaton’ will be submitted through Wave 14 of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Free Schools Programme.   The new Free School would open in September 2022 with an intake of 180 Year 7 students, growing with the same intake each year, until reaching full capacity of 900 students across Years 7-11 by September 2026. It is proposed that the new school will be located at the Top Farm housing development in Weddington in a brand new, state-of-the-art building and community facility.

The Inspire Education Trust is a highly successful and growing Trust with a strong track record in school improvement.  As an already established partner in Warwickshire through Stockingford Primary school (which joined the Trust in September 2019), and its partnership with the wider family of Coventry Diocese CofE schools, Inspire is looking to help meet the need for high-quality secondary school places as identified by Warwickshire Local Authority. Working with the highly successful Blue Coat CofE School Coventry, it is in a strong position to raise standards across 11-16 schools in Nuneaton, an area previously identified by the DfE as a priority district for free school applications. The opening of this new secondary school will increase parental choice whilst meeting the demand for school places created by several new and large-scale housing developments within the local area. It will be a co-educational school for students of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Our vision is to equip our students to live ‘Life in all its fullness’ by providing excellent education which is distinctively Christian and inclusive of all.  At the heart of this education are the values of Care, Hard work, Respect, Integrity, Servanthood and Togetherness.

This new secondary school will work closely with Blue Coat CofE School Coventry, which already admits many students from Warwickshire, providing a geographically closer alternative, following the same Blue Coat Coventry model, which has placed the school at the top of the performance tables in Coventry for many years.  Blue Coat CofE School Coventry, has consistently performed above the national average as regards both attainment and progress for many years and the opportunity to replicate this high quality and inclusive provision for Warwickshire children in Warwickshire is the foundation of the Free School application

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