Free schools are independent, state-funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

No. Free schools can only be set up and run on a not-for-profit basis by a charitable trust. The school will be run by the Headteacher and their leadership team and they will be answerable to a board of governors.

There is a projected growth of primary school-aged pupils in the area. The Trust is committed to working with the Department for Education and Rochdale Borough Council to meet the pressing local need for secondary school places.

Outline planning permission has been granted for the permanent site, which will be located on land at Bowlee, accessed off Heywood Old Road in the Middleton area of Rochdale. This will be a new modern building with state-of-the-art facilities.

Edgar Wood Academy is proposed to open with year 7 students in temporary accommodation within the grounds of Hopwood Hall College’s Middleton campus in September 2021. The permanent school building is targeted to open in September 2022.

The school is proposed to open in September 2021 with 120 students in year 7 with a view to increasing the PAN (published admission number) to 180 in year two of operation.

The size of the school when full will be 900 pupils.

The academy will be large enough to meet the demand for additional school places but small enough to offer an intimate and caring approach to all pupils and families.

Our proposed intake reflects where demand for places has been identified. When starting a new school, we believe that it is vitally important to nurture the first year and establish the culture of the new school. Our first year 7 classes will also be our first classes to take GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, and to be able to work with them exclusively for their first year will establish solid foundations for their success.

Marcin Kojder has been appointed as Headteacher Designate. Please click here for further information.

No. All free schools have to follow the Admissions Code in the same way as all state-funded schools and our inclusive admissions policy will at all times be open, transparent and fair. We will be working closely with colleagues at the DfE and at the local authority throughout the admissions process. Children of all abilities and from all backgrounds will be welcome to apply.

No. Funding for free schools will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other academy category schools. The school is also inspected by Ofsted prior to opening and will be subject to termly visits from the DfE during its first year.

The school will be run by the headteacher and a Local Academy Council who will be accountable to the charitable trust which oversees the school. In addition, the school will be accountable to the Secretary of State for Education through the terms of its funding agreement.

If you have already applied for another school through the local authority’s admissions process, you can still apply for a year 7 place at the Edgar Wood Academy for September 2021. It is, in effect, an additional choice of school; on 1st March 2021 those offered a place at Edgar Wood Academy will receive two offers: one from their Rochdale Borough Council choices and an offer from Edgar Wood Academy. Applicants should apply online for a year 7 place for 2021 at www.edgarwood.org/apply.

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