Higham Lane North Academy Free School
Welcome to Higham Lane North Academy Free School, a state-funded, co-educational secondary comprehensive school for students aged 11-16 which is proposed to open in Nuneaton from September 2022.
This new secondary school will work closely with the existing Higham Lane School, a high-performing 11-18 comprehensive school and Aspiring Teaching School in Nuneaton. It will follow the same successful model for secondary education that saw Higham Lane School judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in May 2019. The Department for Education School Performance tables indicate that Higham Lane performs significantly above the national average and achieved an impressive Progress 8 score of 0.46 in 2018. This indicates that students of all abilities make strong progress. Higham Lane North Academy Free School will continue this tradition of academic excellence, high standards and exceptional outcomes.
Higham Lane School is an Aspiring Teaching School with significant experience of supporting schools locally. It has a strong reputation for high quality training as evident in its work with the Higham Lane Partnership with several other local secondary and primary schools to provide high-quality training, development and support to new and experienced school staff, focusing on Initial Teacher Training, continuing professional development, leadership development and school-to-school support. It has also worked closely with the outstanding Polesworth School, a Teaching School, in delivering effective training.
Our application to open the new school will be submitted through Wave 14 of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Free Schools Programme on behalf of the Senior Leadership Team and governors of the Higham Lane School Academy Trust If approved by the DfE, Higham Lane North Academy Free School will look to 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 off Higham Lane in Weddington in a brand new, state-of-the-art building.
Higham Lane School Academy Trust is seeking to establish Higham Lane North Academy Free School to help to meet the need for high-quality secondary school places as identified by Warwickshire Local Authority. It will also contribute to raising 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 and it will also address the increasing demand for school places created by several new and large-scale housing developments within the local area.
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