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Greek free school bids to use Trent Park Middlesex University buildings
A group trying to set up a Greek free school for students in north London wants to use old university buildings in Trent Park.
Proposals for the St Andrew The Apostle Greek Orthodox School are due to be handed to the Government later this month, and the organisers behind the bid have revealed the preferred site is the Middlesex University campus in the park.
The university is due to move all of its students to its Hendon campus at the end of the academic year, after plans to redevelop the Trent Park site were twice rejected by Enfield Council because of environmental concerns.
The bid, backed by the Classical Education Trust, the Russell Education Trust, Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes and senior Greek Orthodox figures, including Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, means the secondary school would open in September 2013.
Richard Elms, of the Russell Education Trust, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to create another high-achieving academic school serving north London.
“We want to offer 11 to 18-year-olds an education that’s more often available in the independent sector - St Andrew’s will have a strong focus on core subjects such as English, Maths and Science alongside options in Greek, Latin and classics."
The group applied to open a school in the borough last year, but it was rejected by the Government and organisers were told to iron out some problems and return with a fresh bid.
The new school would take in pupils predominantly from Enfield and Barnet, with up to 50 per cent being from a Greek Orthodox background, and pupils of other religions or no faith also accepted.
Free schools are schools run by groups of parents, teachers, charities, trusts, religious and voluntary groups.
They will be set up as academies and be funded directly by the Government.
The idea was a key plank of the Conservatives’ manifesto during the build-up to the General Election, but academies have been criticised for being expensive and diverting funding from existing schools.
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