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New Wisbech Free School to open in September

24 May 2024

The new Wisbech Free School is on course to open in September.

It will open initially in temporary accommodation on the site of Thomas Clarkson Academy in the town.

We hope this means there will be sufficient secondary school places in Wisbech this September and pupils will not have to travel to Whittlesey or Littleport instead.

The new school will be run by the Brooke Weston Trust, which also runs the Thomas Clarkson Academy.

A funding agreement to enable it to open in September was signed this week by the Department for Education (DfE) who will deliver the new school. The new permanent accommodation for the school will be progressed over the course of the next year.

Cambridgeshire County Council advised parents in March that if the decision was made to open the school this September, any child would be able to make an application to the school under a separate admissions round run by Brooke Weston Trust.

Following the signing of the funding agreement, the council and Brooke Weston will be contacting families whose children have currently been allocated a school place for September outside Wisbech to offer them an alternative place at the new Free School.

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “This is excellent news for Wisbech. It is essential that this new school opens in September, and thanks to the persistence and hard work of council officers – in partnership with the Brooke Weston Trust and the DfE – it has become a reality. We owe it to our children and young people to give them a school place as near as possible to where they live and we will now be able to do that in Wisbech.”

A community event will be held at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, when parents will be updated on developments and advised how they can apply for a place at the new school.