Bromley Headteachers optimistic about primary school venture
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 May 2014
The governing bodies of two secondary schools have passed resolutions to jointly establish a new primary school under the Government's Free Schools initiative.
Langley Park School for Boys and Langley Park School for Girls are hoping to join forces to create Langley Park Primary School, as a response to concerns raised about the shortage of primary school places for children in Bromley.
Dr Anne Hudson, Headteacher of Langley Park School for Girls, said: “We are waiting for the Department for Education, whether they have decided to give us the go ahead, but we are optimistic about it.”
Anne added that the support from parents and friends of the school had been “really overwhelming” and that meetings have been held where parents have had the opportunity to hear about the plans.
“I think there’s also a recognition that there are a lack of primary school places and our other nearby primary schools are over subscribed.
“We have found that the parents are incredibly supportive of it,” she said.
They have been working closely with experienced primary school Heateachers and governors to make sure the school has a good start if approval is received.
Steve Parsons MA, Heateacher of Langley Park School for Boys said: “We should hear sometime in May or the beginning of June.
“Our argument for the new school is a very strong one.
“It makes it a really attractive proposition for people.”
The New Schools Network, a charity working closely with the Department for Education, is said to be supportive of the bid.
Anne explained that the idea had been formulated a while ago and had seemed an attractive proposal.
“It actually started just before Steve took up his headship, his predecessor Rob Norcott and I were talking about the benefits of the partnership.
Anne explained that the two schools have a “shared ethos” which the primary school would allow to strengthen further.
“It would be a way of ensuring it began in early years and carried on through,” she explained.
The key focus will be on mathematics as well as providing subject specialist teaching in science, technology, languages, PE and performing arts.
Anne believes that mathematics is particularly important for pupils.
She said: “The evidence is telling us that in the next couple of decades the biggest expansion in employment is going to be in areas which require numeracy and mathematic confidence.”
Steve emphasised the additional importance of teaching children about creativity, music and sport.
He said: “We want to create a school where we are very much about educating the whole child. The educational outcomes are obviously very important, we also want to make sure that the schools are about more than that.
“We want to take them to different places. It’s very much about educating the whole child and not a purely academic focus.”
It is not yet clear where the primary school will be located, and the decision will be made by the government if the plans are approved.
“We would hope that it’s close to the secondary schools,” said Steve.
For information or to register support for the new primary school, visit langleyparkprimary.org.uk