The Royal School
Update on provisional opening of the Free School; Now confirmed as September 2016
As you know, The Royal School has been waiting for an urgent update from the Department for Education (DfE) on the admissions arrangements and other practical implications of their provisional approval for The Royal to open as a Free School in September 2015. During this period, the School has been working extremely hard to make the September opening a reality and has been reviewing from a school perspective the practical implications for pupils and staff of delivering the very challenging technical, financial and legal deadlines, which the DfE are requiring the School to have in place. In working through this, the School's paramount concern has been to ensure that it is able to achieve the imminent opening whilst maintaining the excellence of the educational offer to our pupils.
After further deliberation between all parties, and also taking into account the impact of this tight time-scale over the election period, the DfE advised The Royal on Friday, 27 March, that the agreed ministerial view is that the School will be better placed to open in September 2016.
The School fully understands the impact that this decision will have on its families and the Headmaster, Mr Mark Heywood, would like to assure everyone that the School will do everything within its power to enable all pupils on roll to continue their education until it converts to become a Free School in 2016. The School is committed to providing the least disruption possible for any student.
As the School has only been informed of the DfE’s decision on 27 March, it will take some time to fully analyse the implications of this decision for the various groups of parents. The School asks you to bear with us whilst it reviews plans.
Please be advised that the School will also be announcing, over the next few weeks, admission plans for this coming September (September 2015) when it will be operating in pre-opening free-school phase and as a continuing independent school. Communications will be sent in the coming week to all those who have submitted applications and those who have registered their interest with us. Please keep checking the website for details.