Admissions are now open for Harlow’s newest secondary school and sixth form.

Admissions are now open for Harlow’s newest secondary school and sixth form.

SIR Frederick Gibberd College is being opened by BMAT to provide a solution to the critical shortage of school places in the town by 2019.

A fully functioning temporary school building next to Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, will welcome the first cohort of 120 Year 7 students in September 2019.

The two-phase opening will see Year 7 become the first cohort, while the Department for Education builds the new school’s permanent home in Tendring Road. When the school moves to its new building in 2020, Sir Frederick Gibberd will offer an academic sixth form for students who aspire to attend Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities or leading universities in America and Europe.

Characteristics which make BMAT schools a success – such as extensive enrichment, Saturday school, holiday club and a broad curriculum focusing on EBACC subjects – will be a part of the new school, however head of school Dee Conlon is keen to also offer something unique to the town.

The finished school will feature lots of glass and natural light, a large library, performing arts and PE spaces, as well as a feeling of home where students and the community can spend time and learn. The sixth form will feature a lecture hall to get students used to the feel of university to inspire aspiration. The school will also be sustainable and energy efficient.

A state-of-the-art all-weather pitch will be developed for the use of students and the wider community in Harlow for a variety of sporting pursuits.

Mrs Conlon said: “Our new school will be extraordinary. Students will find it a joy to be studying at Sir Frederick Gibberd. Every day will be exciting, rewarding and inspiring. We will challenge our students, stimulate their minds and develop a lifelong love of learning within them.

“Eventually, they will leave us with the skills, qualifications and habits which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“Across our school, there will be a focus on growing up to be responsible, healthy young adults. Our students will contribute to the wider community in Harlow, undertaking charity and voluntary work, while PE will be a big part of the curriculum for all ages. Every Friday afternoon will be dedicated to enrichment where students and staff will come together to enjoy a variety of clubs and activities.

“I cannot wait to welcome the first cohort of Gibberdians to our family.”

An open morning will be held on September 8 at Burnt Mill Academy, between 10am and 12pm, to give parents an opportunity to find out more about Sir Frederick Gibberd College before submitting their application forms ahead of the October 31 deadline.

For more information or to apply for a place in Year 7, contact the school on 01279 307244 or email info@bmatsfg.org.uk

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