Bexley first free school given green light

PUBLISHED: 10:01 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:01 18 April 2013

Hope Community School's headteacher Lisa Morris

Hope Community School's headteacher Lisa Morris


Bexley’s first free school has been given the green light by the government.

Education secretary Michael Gove formally agreed to enter into a funding agreement with Hope Community School in Rectory Lane, Sidcup, on Monday.

A funding agreement is the contract between the government and the New Generation Schools Trust, who have founded the school, and confirms free school status while ensuring funding going forward.

New headteacher Lisa Morris, who will join from Birkbeck Primary School, said: “This is fantastic news for Hope Community School and the children who will attend it.

“A lot of people have put in an incredible amount of work and dedication to get to this point. We cannot wait to open our doors in September to a new class and a new school.”

Chairman of the trust Paul Weston added: “What started as a dream to provide more school places for children in Sidcup is now a reality and everyone on the team could not be happier.”

A free school is funded by the government, free to attend but with no local authority control.

There are still limited spaces available for the 2013 reception class. For more information call 0208 309 6056 or email

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bexley Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Bexley Times