First Bexley free school to hold consultation

PUBLISHED: 10:21 04 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:30 04 January 2013

Hope Community School in Sidcup

Hope Community School in Sidcup


The team behind Bexley’s first free school has launched a consultation to find out the views of the community.

Hope Community School, in Rectory Lane, Sidcup, will open this September with a reception class of around 25 children.

There will be an open evening next Thursday (10) from 6pm to 8pm.

It is expected to be at its full capacity of 175 children by 2019.

School project manager Mary Rouse said: “There is a genuine lack of places for primary school children in this area, that’s why Hope Community School has been set up.

“The entire team behind this are from Sidcup, this is a real community project, and we want as many members of the community involved as possible. By hearing your views we can ensure Hope Community meets the needs of parents and children.”

The first free schools in the country were opened in September 2011. They are funded and set-up by parents, charities or trusts and are academically non-selective, free to attend and free of local authority control.


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