We are really excited to be starting the recruitment for our Head Teacher. Download a copy of the ad and get in touch if you are interested in receiving the full application pack or would like an informal conversation with members of the team. HVS Head Teacher Job Ad
Our poster will be appearing in lots of places over the next few weeks – keep an eye out for it.
You could even join in this summer’s trend and print one to put in your car. Click here: Hoe Valley School Summer Poster to download a poster. How far will our message travel this summer? Cornwall, France, Spain….??
Find out our latest news in our July newsletter.
We are absolutely over the moon to announce that our school is one of 38 approved by the Secretary of State for Education in the lastest wave of Free Schools. Now it really is full steam ahead for September 2015 and our first Year 7 intake!
Once again a big thank you to everyone who has supported us, we are looking forward to continuing to work with you to deliver a brand new, first class school.
Attached please find our latest press release: HVFS Approval Announcement June 2014
For more information on Free Schools and a list of the schools approved in this wave have a look at the DfE website: http://bit.ly/1oJMxLT
If you would like more information or would like to speak to a member of the team please email us email@example.com
It has been a busy year for the team so far, to find out more about what we’ve been up to and what we are planning please have a look at our latest newsletter: HVFS-April-Newsletter
Five members of the proposer group attended an interview at the DfE offices in Westminster on Tuesday the 11th of March. We felt it went well, the questions were rigorous and covered topics such as governance, finance, our potential cohort, our choice of curriculum and the vision which underpins our project. We expect to hear more in around June but have already started with some of the preparatory work for the pre-opening stage. If you would like some more information or think you have the relevant skills we may need please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposer team have been advised by the Department for Education that they wish to interview us next week to discuss our application in more detail. This is a great next step and we are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the team in person and explain our vision for the school.
The proposer team are delighted to announce that their application for a new secondary school in South Woking was hand delivered to the DfE yesterday. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this happen: our parent supporters, the local community, local politicians and officials, all the head teachers and teachers we have met and consulted and all the other experts who have given us their time, advice and support. We would also like to thank our families and friends for their endless patience!
A press release can be found here: HVFS Submits Application
We will keep our supporters updated via the website, our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wokingfreeschool) and via twitter @HoeValleyFreeSc
The Diocese of Guildford announced their intention to apply to open a new secondary school in the area to the east of Woking. They will do so in January, aiming for a 2016 opening. This proposal will not affect our bid and we will apply in January for a 2015 opening as we have always planned.
Whilst each proposal will be judged on its merits, we believe it is unlikely that both proposals would be approved by the Department for Education. If the Diocese bid is successful those local parents with children needing a place in September 2015 will not have a place provided by either bid. In subsequent years, families in south Woking (particularly those not practising a faith) could struggle to gain a place because of the proposed selective admissions criteria.
Our vision is for a school that is non-selective, non-faith based with a comprehensive intake serving all the families of south Woking, an area particularly seriously affected by a shortage of secondary school places starting from 2015, with the added pressure of significant new housing developments.
We are a parent led group and this school will be for our children too so we have worked hard to build a strong team which includes experienced senior school leaders, teachers, business people and school governors. We have been meeting and speaking to parents for over a year, visited many nationally outstanding schools to understand what they do so well and believe that the school we envision is not only needed but also wanted, which is backed up by the huge number of sign-ups we have received and the numbers who attended our public meetings or spoke to us at school fairs.
Because of this level of demand we have decided to open with a 4 form-entry roll of 120 children in the first year which also means we need to continue to get sign-ups! The higher the number of registrations we have from committed parents, the better our bid becomes so please continue to campaign amongst other parents to ensure this message is clearly understood.
You can download a copy of our latest newsletter here: HVFS Newsletter December 2013