Proposals for new 'free school' supported by city MP


Staff reporter

PROPOSALS for a new ‘free school’ in Chester have won the backing of city MP Stephen Mosley.

Chester Cathedral and the University of Chester plan to open the joint-venture University Cathedral Free School in September, 2013.

The primary school will be based in Abbey Square and specialise in music.

Mr Mosley visited the proposed school building to meet with Graham Fairlie from school sponsors the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) and Linda Rowe, who is helping compose the syllabus.

He toured the historic building and was told about the school’s plans for the future.

Mr Mosley said: “This is great news for the city of Chester and great news for our children.

“I am delighted the school will be dedicated to achieving educational excellence for all their pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, and I am excited by the new school’s focus on encouraging musical talent.

“I look forward to seeing this unique new school develop and thrive.”

Prospective pupils and parents will be able to find out more about the school’s plans at a number of open evenings due to take place in the near future.

Interested parents should apply through the normal Cheshire West and Chester Council school admissions system.

UCAT chief executive officer Dr Colin Hankinson said: “The University Cathedral Free School will open in September 2013 as a one form entry primary school commencing with reception, Year 1 and potentially Year 2.

“The school’s ethos is ‘a voice for every child’ and will foster high achievement, aspiration and self esteem.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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