Harlow’s newest school will offer “extra hour of opportunity” every day

THE education of children attending Harlow’s newest secondary school will be enriched with an extra hour of opportunity each day.

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 major focus within the curriculum will be the EBACC subjects of English, maths, science, history, geography and languages. PE and reading will also be important aspects of school life, with pupils having dedicated time during the week for these activities. Research shows healthy living and reading widely have a huge impact on everything inside and outside of school.

At 3pm each day, Key Stage 3 students will be given opportunities to extend their learning and broaden their horizons, with extension classes for the more able, catch-up classes for those needing extra support, plus homework and reading sessions. Students in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 studying for their GCSEs and A Levels will have the opportunity to stay beyond 4pm to further study for their qualifications.

Every Friday, the last hour will be dedicated to enrichment, with all staff and students taking part in clubs they can select each half-term.
As with other BMAT secondary schools, Saturday and holiday school will also offer enrichment activities alongside academic studies, plus English and maths extension and catch-up classes.

Dee Conlon, head of school, said: “Many schools, primary and secondary, already operate an extended day and have seen the benefits. At SFG, we have designed our school day to offer more personalised support and create opportunities for students to build new skills and interests that they will pursue throughout their lives, and to offer activities that will develop them both academically and personally.”

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, 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.

Sixth formers will be encouraged to complete voluntary and charity work, as well as benefitting from the extra hour’s extension and enrichment each day.
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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