Welcome to Sir Thomas Fremantle Secondary School
Initially considering applications for entry into years 7 and 8 in September 2013, Sir Thomas Fremantle adds to the secondary school choice for children and their parents. The vision is to create a small, non-selective and inclusive local school where the aim is to release the potential of each individual child through a curriculum which, in tandem with high expectations for commitment to academic study, builds confidence and self-esteem through diverse opportunities to participate in drama, music, sport and art. A strong sense of community and parental engagement to support their child’s education will be key contributors to each pupil’s success.
The inspiration to set up a free school in the Winslow area came from a steering group of local parents, teachers and education professionals motivated by a passion for making a positive contribution towards the future education provision for children within the North Buckinghamshire community. Applications received for September 2013 confirm that there is strong interest and support for a new secondary school from parents in Winslow and the surrounding villages
One of 102 new free schools given the go-ahead by the Department for Education to open in September 2013, Sir Thomas Fremantle broadens the secondary school choices for families in Winslow and the surrounding villages. State-funded, not for profit, non-selective and free for parents, free schools are outside council control, resulting in heads and governors having more control over the curriculum, teacher recruitment, term dates, timetable and the school day. Far from critical of the current provision, free schools look to enhance state school choices within local communities, offering an alternative to complement the current provision. Inspected by Ofsted, free schools are subjected to rigorous accountability with regard to excellence in leadership and teaching standards.