New special free school for Reading and Wokingham
On 20 July 2020, the Department for Education announced that Oak Tree School, a new special free school for Reading and Wokingham, was approved to open. The new school, which is being set up by Maiden Erlegh Trust, is due to open in 2022.
The full press release can be found below:
The Department for Education today announced that Oak Tree School, a new special free school for Reading and Wokingham, has been approved to open. The new school, which is being set up by Maiden Erlegh Trust, is due to open in 2022.
The free school joins 36 other alternative provision and special free schools announced to open today.
Mary Davies, CEO of Maiden Erlegh Trust, said:
“This project is extremely exciting and one that we know is much needed in the local area. We are delighted to be working with so many talented people on developing this school. All those involved with the school will embrace the potential of the pupils, nurture their talents and aspirations and help them thrive. We will support pupils to achieve their very best, move on to meaningful destinations and to take their places in the wider community as happy, confident and independent young adults.”
The impetus for this project has been a partnership between Brighter Futures for Children, Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council as part of their commitment to providing additional special school places for local children close to their own communities.
Maiden Erlegh Trust would like to thank all those who have worked tirelessly on this project, and look forward to welcoming the parents and students of Oak Tree School into the Maiden Erlegh community.
Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said:
“I am delighted Oak Tree School has been approved to open, joining 36 other special and alternative provision free schools that were approved today. These new schools will offer some of our most vulnerable young people, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, the opportunity to access a high-quality education that is tailored to their needs.
Special and alternative provision free schools are among the most innovative and successful providers, and it is fantastic news for local families that that they will be able to access this provision. On behalf of the entire team at New Schools Network, I pay tribute to Maiden Erlegh Trust for their tireless work throughout the application phase. We look forward to supporting this cohort of 37 free schools as they prepare to open.”
20 July 2020