Delight as Burnt Mill gets green light for new school

JUSTINE Greening, the Secretary of State for Education has approved the opening of the Sir Frederick Gibberd College, a new secondary school with sixth form that will open in Tendring Road, Harlow.

The approval follows a rigorous independent approval process conducted by the Department for Education. The new College will deliver much-needed additional places for Harlow and work with the community, existing schools and Essex County Council to deliver a high quality education to its pupils.

The Sir Frederick Gibberd College is a free school sponsored by the Burnt Mill Academy Trust and aims to open in September 2018, with eight forms of entry for Year 7 students. From 2020 the College will be able to offer 250 Sixth Form places. It will have a special focus on offering “facilitating” subjects for university admissions at A level.

Information evenings will be held later this term so members of the community can understand the vision and admissions criteria for the college, and see plans of what the building will look like. Dates, times and locations will be available on the Burnt Mill Academy Trust website –

Helena Mills, chief executive of Burnt Mill Academy Trust said:
“We are delighted that our exciting vision for the Sir Frederick Gibberd College has won official approval. Thank you to all those in the Harlow community who provided feedback and support with our bid, without your input we wouldn’t have been successful. We were overwhelmed by the number of families supporting our bid, especially those wanting an academic A Level provision.

We will be working hard with the local community over the next 12 months to ensure that the brand new building will be ready for the first group of Sir Frederick Gibberd children who will join us in 2018.”

Sarah Pearson of New Schools Network, said:
“The application process to set up a free school is incredibly demanding, so it is a testament to the hard work of Burnt Mill Academy Trust that the Sir Frederick Gibberd has been approved to open.”

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