Haberdashers' Aske's plans Free Primary school

As posted by TH Nick on the New Cross forum, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College hopes to open a new Primary 'Free' School on the school estate, serving children aged 4-11. Called Hatcham Temple Grove Free School, the aspiration is to open the school in September 2013 and to reach a capacity of 420 pupils by 2020.

The area already has some excellent primary schools, but places are in short supply.

If the plan proceeds, it would serve as a feeder for the secondary school, for which places are already highly coveted. In a leaflet which describes their plans, they say:

As in our existing very successful primary phase (Hatcham Temple Grove), an emphasis on phonics, reading and numeracy will underpin the curriculum. HTG Free School will share curriculum resources with HTG and Hatcham College. The curriculum will be based on the International Primary Curriculum and will be taught in two languages. Children will learn to be proficient in a second language.

There will be a consultation meeting on Monday, 16 January. Presentations will be held at: 5:30pm and 7pm at  Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, Pepys Road, New Cross, SE14 5SF.