Newsbite #5: Increasing Support

23 November 2018

Since our last #Newsbite went out, we have had a flurry of new signatures. Thank you and welcome to the campaign, where we are hoping to generate enough support for the DfE to see that demand for our Free School Proposal is very high!Please do read through our previous #Newsbites below, as these contain important information for you as supporters.

We have now reached 215 online signatures which is fantastic and greatly strengthens our case with the DfE. We will be contacting them, along with our Regional Schools Commissioner, and the Local Education Authority before Christmas, to give an update on the level of support. We would love to be able to report that we have hit 400+ supporters, as this will make them consider ours a very viable proposal!

We are pressing forward with our marketing now and the next four weeks are vital. There are many ways in which we are trying to attract these extra signatures. This week you may have seen we featured in The Hunts Post newspaper as well as many local village magazines. If your village magazine hasn’t made mention of our proposal yet (lots will go out in the first week of December), please feel free to contact us so that we can rectify this! Please do share any reports you see with others who may not have heard of our proposal.

We have delivered nearly 7,000 flyers through doors and are now planning to increase engagement by visiting local Christmas Markets:

  • Mill Road Winter Fair, Dec 1st, 10.30am
  • St Ives Christmas Market, Dec 8th, 10am
  • Dobbies in Huntingdon (previously Wyvale), Dec 8th, 10.30am.

Come and support or help us, and spread the word to friends and family, that at all three of these events, we will be handing out FREE goodies to the FIRST 100 NEWsign ups on each of those days.

If you would be happy to help at any of these events, or have ideas as to how to generate another 200 signatures, we would love to hear from you! We are also in correspondence to arrange publicity slots with BBC Look East and BBC Cambridge news channels.

We have another Marketing Event just around the corner. Look out for this, as it is your chance play a part in the Cornerstone Free School branding journey! On Monday 26th November, we will be launching a competition to design the Sports Kits for our school. This created a frenzy of excitement when Fulham Boys School was establishing itself, and the kit their students wear at all fixtures, to this day, was designed by a current pupil. We like this! All you need to do is to download the templates from the website (available on Monday), design your kits and submit them by Friday 21st December, to admin@cornerstonefreeschool.org.uk. Anyone can participate, but they must have signed our petition, so each design must be submitted with an email address, so we can reference these against our list of current supporters. The Ts&Cs, and more information will be available on the website next week. We will announce a winner early in 2019.

Finally, what better tool to market our school than the Fulham Boys themselves? In this video, students at FBS explain why they love their education and why they feel passionately that other teenagers in Huntingdonshire should have the opportunity to experience the same.

The two key players behind the outstanding education experienced by students at FBS are working closely with us to bring our plans to reality. They say of our proposal:

I am really excited about the prospect of the new Cornerstone Free School. I truly believe in, and am wholly committed to, The Fulham Boys School brand of education, and believe all pupils should have access to the highest standards of education, irrespective of their background. Our aim is for all our schools, including Cornerstone, to be among the best schools in the country – state or private. Parents should have a real choice in the type of school they want for their children and I imagine, like The Fulham Boys School, Cornerstone Free School will prove very popular and heavily oversubscribed. We have been impressed by the local team’s rigour, broad range of abilities, and commitment to academic excellence. We look forward to working with them over the next few years in establishing a school that is built upon the Christian faith, nurtures enterprise and brings out the best in boys and girls, serving Huntingdonshire for many generations to come” – Alun Ebenezer, CEO Designate of the CSS MAT Trust.

“Cornerstone Free School promises to be as successful and forward thinking as the Fulham Boys School. Our brand of Education is different, relevant, exciting, and holds the key to a successful future for all children, no matter what their background. I completely believe in the local team’s ability and determination to open Cornerstone Free School, and am committed to working with and supporting them in establishing an over-subscribed and thriving Secondary School in Huntingdonshire” – Alex Wade, Chairman Designate of the CSS MAT Trust