A number of supporters have contacted us to discuss issues with the local secondary schools, including press reports, social media disclosures and of course the latest published results for each school. As a committee, we are extremely passionate that every child is entitled to an exceptional education, and throughout our application process we have been clear that we don’t just want this for our own school, but for every school in the locality.
This venture has always been about more than just a school – it is about a community, and developing responsible, compassionate, enterprising individuals who will make a positive difference. We will therefore continue to work pro-actively with local schools to collaborate and co-operate to share best practice. We have been meeting with and extending the hand of friendship to other local secondary schools to ensure that rather than polarise, our schools builds bridges and leads our future students by example. The only battle between any local schools should be on the sports field – and end there with a hand shake!
Additionally, in the last fortnight we have held meetings with members of the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University, an ex-St Ives Mayor, a project management company who have experience in delivering new schools alongside the DfE, and also met with key stakeholders who may help us secure a site for our school. We are also talking to local businesses to design the very best curriculum we can, pertinent to the needs of local pupils.
We now have a business networking ambassador who will be exploring links between Cornerstone Free School and the business world – fundamental to the delivery of our “Enterprise” curriculum. Hopefully in the next few weeks you will see a change to our website with more information on our business networking and how you could get involved. Please get in touch if you are a local business and want to get involved, or have contacts who would like to meet us!
We also have two supporters working hard to unite all the local faith groups to support our bid, as we truly believe our school, though Christian in ethos, should be open to and equally accessible for children of all faiths, and none. Please therefore get in touch if you are a member of a local faith group and would like to hear more about how you can support our proposal.