TMET submits application to open a free school in Leicester

We are delighted to announce that we have submitted an application to the Department for Education to open a new 11-16 secondary school in Leicester.

The proposed school, which will be called Brook Mead Academy, is based on the already successful model employed at Rushey Mead Academy and the TMET schools more widely, including those in the primary phase whose outcomes are very strong. The application will be very similar to the successful one submitted in Wave 12 which is leading to the opening of Castle Mead Academy in September 2019. The proposed Brook Mead Academy will promote a knowledge rich EBacc curriculum as well as replicating the care, creativity and inclusivity seen in all TMET academies which is, over time, leading to strong outcomes for all.

Rita Hindocha, Director of Secondary Education at TMET said: “TMET is deeply committed to ensuring that all young people in its schools, particularly the most disadvantaged, receive a world class education. We very much see the new school as joining the wider family of schools in Leicester and contributing to the common endeavour of providing excellence in education for all city children.”

Sigrun Olafsdottir, Chief Operating Officer of New Schools Network, said: “The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous and time consuming, so it is a testament to TMET’s hard work that they have reached this stage. This is particularly true in this round of free school applications, which explicitly targets areas of greatest need.

“There are over 700 free school open or approved to open, creating more than 400,000 new school places when full. They are the top performing type of state school at key stages 1, 4 and 5. They are also more likely to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted.”

The next stage is for the group to be invited to attend an interview with the Department for Education. If they are successful, Brook Mead Academy is likely to open in 2022.

8th November 2018