We have received the news we have been waiting for from the Department for Education: The Secretary of State has agreed to enter into a Funding Agreement with Bellevue Place Education Trust for Whitehall Park School.
We are all absolutely thrilled as this legal document is the Government’s commitment that we will open and is one of the final stages in the process towards opening a Free School. It is also a clear sign that the Department for Education is happy that we are in a strong position to deliver a high-quality education to the children of the local community.
It also means that we are able to make formal offers to pupils on 16th April, sign formal contracts with teachers and accelerate the procurement of everything we need to open in September.
Of course, there’s lots more to do. We still have to complete a Readiness to Open Meeting and a pre-opening inspection by Ofsted to name but two. However, we will face these challenges with the legal endorsement of the Funding Agreement.
We couldn’t have got this far without fantastic support from the DfE, EFA, the wider community and especially the parents who have applied for places at the school – THANK YOU!
The Whitehall Park School Team