Plans to build ‘all-through’ free school on Barking Riverside development

Plans to build an ‘all-through’ free school in Barking’s Riverside development will be put before the council tonight.

If accepted by the Development Control Board, the school will take on 600 pupils in September 2016, gradually increasing year-on-year to 2,700 pupils by September 2022.

Comprising of a 10-form entry secondary school with sixth form, a special educational needs school and a three-form entry primary school and nursery, the campus will accommodate around 400 full time, part time and support staff.

In addition to classroom facilities, the school will boast a sports hall, four floodlit multi-use game areas and a full-sized all-weather playing pitch.

Although funded by the government, free schools are not run by the local council.

They can set their own pay and conditions for staff, change the length of school terms and the school day and are not obliged to follow the national curriculum.

Last year, the government had previously announced plans to open two free schools in the Barking Riverside development, the Riverside Co-op and the London Riverside.

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