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    New Secondary School for Hillingdon Receives Government Go-ahead

    Bishop Arden Church of England School gets the go ahead.

    The Bishop Ramsey Academies Trust, the team behind the OFSTED ‘outstanding’ Bishop Ramsey Church of England School, were celebrating this week following the announcement that their proposed new school, Bishop Arden Church of England School, has been given permission by the Department of Education to move to pre-opening stage.

    The mixed school will be open to children of a Christian faith and those of another world faith or no faith. The six form entry school, six classes each year, is planned to open in September 2018. The Education Funding Agency, part of the Department for Education has already begun the process of finding the school a home.

    CEO Andrew Wilcock said: We couldn’t be more delighted, we had a very thorough interview with the DfE on 1 July, and have been waiting to find out if we would be given the go-ahead since then. Our new school will build upon principles we have successfully established at Bishop Ramsey; I know local families will want and expect us to do this. Our new school, Bishop Arden Church of England School, will not, however, simply be a 'Bishop Ramsey 2', it will take some of the best of our current practice to create something which is exciting, dynamic and suited to the particular needs and aspirations of children in its local area.”

    The new school bid was supported by the London Diocesan Board for Schools who will work with the Trust to open the school and support it after opening. Inigo Woolf, Chief Executive of the LDBS said: ‘This news allows for more children in the area to receive an education based on the successes of an oversubscribed ‘outstanding’ school. The new school will help address the need for school places in the area and give parents an additional choice.”

    Parents wishing to find out more can visit the school website at www.bishopardenschool.org