Outstanding education provider to open new special Free School in Harlow

Education: Secondary / Tue 21st Jul 2020 at 08:56am

Outstanding education provider approved by to open new special Free School in Harlow

THE Department for Education (DfE) today approved the Outstanding-rated Beckmead Trust to open a new special free school in Harlow.

The Beckmead Trust specialises in support for traumatised young people with social, emotional and mental health issues (SEMH), autism and challenging behaviour, and the new school will provide high-quality education for 90 pupils aged seven to 19 who have severe and complex SEMH issues. Fifteen of the places will be residential.

The school is due to open in 2022 in new buildings off Tendring Road. It will be Beckmead’s second school in Harlow after it was asked by the DfE in May to become the new sponsor of TBAP Aspire Academy, now Beckmead Moundwood Academy.

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, made the decision to select The Beckmead Trust following a rigorous assessment process involving Essex County Council officers and Department for Education (DfE) officials.

Beckmead currently leads a family of schools in Croydon, south London, which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. In the next few years the Trust is due to open four other new free schools – the Ropemakers’ Academy in Hailsham in East Sussex (in September this year), Roundwood Alternative Provision in Brent (in January 2021), the Sir Geoff Hurst Academy in Chelmsford in Essex (in Spring 2022), and the fourth, which is yet to be named, in Richmond (in 2023).

Dr Jonty Clark, the Chief Executive of The Beckmead Trust, said: “We are very proud and feel very privileged that we have been chosen to support even more vulnerable children and young people in Harlow, to add to those we are educating at Beckmead Moundwood Academy.

“Our approach is underpinned by a belief in young people and in understanding how they can flourish. We have a strong sense of community, we believe in social justice, and at the centre of our work is a belief that giving and receiving love is essential.

“We have a highly committed, empathetic and skilled team of staff who care deeply for these children and young people, giving us the right to educate them, so that they can lead successful and confident lives.”

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