For prospective parents/carers 4. Would you be interested in sending your child to Sevenoaks Christian School? Yes
Welcome from the Chair of Governors We are delighted to have been approved by the Department for Education to open Sevenoaks Christian School in September 2013. We’re keen to ensure that this school provides a high standard of education and becomes an asset to the local community. We would like to hear your views on our proposals as part of the consultation process: please take the time to read and respond to this leaflet or look at the ‘your views’ page on our website.
Interested in applying for September 2013? Please visit our website for an application form: www.sevenoakschristianschool.org.uk. Please ensure the completed form is returned no later than 31st October. 5. Do you agree that the Trust should enter into formal arrangements with the Secretary of State for Education to open the school in September 2013? Yes
As we have not yet signed our Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State, parents are strongly advised to complete the Local Authority school preference form (e.g. the Kent SCAF form) in addition to our form.
Have your say 6. Any additional comments:
It is important to us to hear your views on our proposals. Please fill in and return the attached questionnaire, or alternatively, visit our website to complete it online at: www.sevenoakschristianschool.org.uk If you have any further comments, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org An open consultation meeting will be held at Vine Baptist Church, Park Lane, Sevenoaks on 26th September 2012 at 7.30pm. This will give interested parties the opportunity to hear more about the proposals and ask any questions they may have. Comments received on paper, online or at the meeting will be collated into a consultation report which will be sent for consideration to the Secretary of State.
Public Consultation Sevenoaks Christian School This document outlines the proposals to open a new non-selective secondary school in Sevenoaks for 11-19 year olds in September 2013. The main purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the proposals and to give you the opportunity to help shape them. The consultation will end on 30th November 2012.
A new secondary school for Sevenoaks The school will be four form entry (120 students per year) for both boys and girls aged 11-19, and will have Christian values. It will be non-selective but high achieving. It will be a ‘Free School’: a new governmentfunded school set up in response to demand from parents. It is planned to open in 2013 with Year 7 students only and build to full capacity. The school will be open to people of all faiths and none.
What will a new Free School in Sevenoaks mean for local people? A new secondary school in Sevenoaks will meet the demand for faith education in this area and avoid students having long, tiring and expensive journeys to school. It will also provide more local secondary places for the growing numbers of secondary-aged pupils. We aim to found the school on the Wildernesse site, but this has not yet been secured. If an alternative site is selected we will ensure that the details of this are published on our website at the earliest opportunity.
How will the Free School be funded? The school will be an independent state school, directly funded by the government. The Department for Education (DfE) will provide funding for Sevenoaks Christian School at a level comparable with other state schools. The school will manage its own budget and will be free to raise money to support the enhancement of education for the benefit of all its pupils. A Trust has been set up (Sevenoaks Christian School Ltd) which will be responsible for the operation and standards within the school.
What sort of education will Sevenoaks Christian School offer young people? High Achieving We will expect the best from all our students. Success comes in many forms, from achieveing a university place to excellence in creative arts and sporting prowess. All will be celebrated.
Local Our school will be at the heart of our community. Less time spent travelling means more time for students to be part of our local community, engaged in clubs, sport and service.
Disciplined Clear frameworks and boundaries help students develop self discipline. This is a benefit at school and also in later life. We want our students to be known as polite and helpful.
Serving We want our students to experience the joy of serving others and for this to become a part of a life-long pattern.
Consultation questionnaire Please return your completed questionnaire to: SCS, PO BOX 541, Sevenoaks TN13 9PZ; or alternatively, you can complete it on our website: www.sevenoakschristianschool.org.uk. 1. Who are you? Parent/carer Staff at a local primary school Staff at a local secondary school Governor at a local primary school Governor at a local secondary school A local resident Someone else with an interest in the proposal (please state):
Nurturing We want students to be happy and fulfilled at school and to develop selfconfidence. The small size of the school, coupled with the tutor system and chaplaincy provision, will allow us to know each student well.
2. Do you believe that the Knole East/ Wildernesse site would be a good location for the new school? Yes
Christian We want all students to appreciate the spiritual dimension to life, respect diverse viewpoints, and develop strong moral values. 3. Currently, the Trust is using the name ‘Sevenoaks Christian School’ as a working title. However, the Trust would like to hear your views on an alternative name for the school. Please indicate your preferred name by ticking one box below. Emmanuel School Sevenoaks Christian School St Catherine’s School Trinity School The Vine School