Search

Newham’s Education Links launches consultation to become free school

14:22 20 January 2014

Education Links has launched a public consultation  after lodging an application to become an Alternative Provision Free School. Pictured are  Geraldine Blake, Chief Executive Officer, Sandy Davies, Principal and student Ross Sheehen, age13

Education Links has launched a public consultation after lodging an application to become an Alternative Provision Free School. Pictured are Geraldine Blake, Chief Executive Officer, Sandy Davies, Principal and student Ross Sheehen, age13

Archant

Education Links, which takes on youngsters excluded from mainstream education, has launched a formal consultation to become a free school.

Although Education Links, which is run by the charity Community Links, was registered as an independent school in 2009, it has now applied to the Department for Education for Alternative Provision Free School status. This will give the school financial security to plan for the long term, broaden its curriculum and strengthen its team.

The school is based in Stratford and operates from five Community Links centres across Newham, it provides alternative education for around 120 students aged 11 to 16.

At an event attended by head teachers from Newham, representatives from Newham Council as well as others working in education, Geraldine Blake, CEO of Community Links and Sandy Davies, principal of Education Links, set out their vision for the school.

Geraldine Blake said although the charity had been providing quality education in the borough for nearly a decade, it was “now time for Education Links to become a totally independent, sustainable school for the future.

“The transition to free school offers an amazing opportunity to do that.”

Ross Sheehan, 13, from East Ham is one of the school’s students. He said: “I have been here for two years now because at school I did not get on well with the teachers.

“Here it is smaller groups and I feel I will get the help I need. It has made me a lot better with my reading and writing”.

The consultation period will run until the end of February. Anyone can take part by emailing education.links@community-links.org or by writing to them at Education Links, 195 Vicarage Lane, Stratford, E15 4HJ.

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 17:47
Keith Carron

Police are concerned about the welfare of a man who went missing from Newham University Hospital today.

Newham Police
Yesterday, 16:48
Denisa Silmen

An “enraged and jealous” man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend in an attack that was recorded on her mobile phone.

Yesterday, 16:00
Samantha Sutherland wrote and stars in Thisbe

A sequel to one of the Bard’s most celebrated plays is set to shake up our perception of two of his star-crossed lovers.

Yesterday, 15:05
Staff Kayleigh Longhurst and Ebony Patterson with Amelia Dobbs, six, and Gioella Williams, four

Pigs, birds and ponies kept crowds of people enertained throughout the half-term at Newham City Farm.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more
MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now