Wapping High signs deal as Tower Hamlets’ first state-funded Free school

17:33 30 July 2012

The new Wapping High School in Commercial Road

The new Wapping High School in Commercial Road

submitted

Funding to run the first Free secondary school in London’s East End has got the green light from Whitehall.

The Department for Education has signed a financial agreement to run the new Wapping High School, the first state-funded secondary to open in Tower Hamlets for 20 years.

The deal follows a long campaign by parents who felt isolated from local education facilities.

The school opens in September for youngsters from all backgrounds aged 11 to 16, with 41 families having accepted places so far, and is expected to meet its target of 60 pupils in the first term.

The first few starting in September have already spent a day at the school.

Head-teacher Paul Guénault revealed: “They enjoyed learning a Beatles song, launching rockets, creating their own robots and visiting the Bank of England.”

The new school was intended to serve parents in Wapping and Shadwell who feel cut off by The Highway—but ironically has not managed to find a suitable site in its heartland catchment area. Instead, it found a smart office block further north in Commercial Road.

The parents who set up the school achieved their goal without having to rely on a project management company.

Trust chairman Jon Cheyne explained: “We have a team with its own experience in education and project management, which had a clear vision of what it wanted the school to achieve.”

The school day will be extended for a diverse programme alongside the national curriculum, with pupils encouraged “to take responsibility for their own success.”

Their campaign was backed by Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick and personalities living in the area including actress Dame Helen Mirren.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

It’s going to be a busy month of partying. Here’s how to make sure you don’t fall completely off the healthy wagon.

Read more

The technology used on the Rosetta mission lander Philae is being used again – this time under water.

Read more

Cheryl’s last girl might have to miss this week’s X Factor.

Read more

Promoted content

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need. We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time, some great discounts.

Paddington

With Christmas comes a host of movies to the big screen, from festive family comedies to action blockbusters. Here is our pick of the best out next month.

Twitter sat back and watched as the world went bargain-hunting crazy on Black Friday.

There was definitely something buzzing at JCB when he delivered his immigration speech.

What would you do in order to get a discounted TV?

The judge was having none of it and labelled the driver’s version of events as ‘ludicrous’.

TOP Stories

The Northern Line during a strike on April 29, 2014  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Northern Line may be disrupted on Monday December 1 as RMT members walk out over the sacking of a colleague who failed an alcohol breathalyser test on the job.

London Ambulance Service Joint Response Unit tweeted this photograph of the aftermath of the crash

There are serious traffic delays in Islington today after a pedestrian was knocked down on Popham Road.

The westbound A13 is closed at the junction with Ferry Lane [Photograph from Google StreetView]

The A13 was closed near Ferry Lane yesterday as police discovered a dead body in a car.

London Bloggers

Yesterday, 10:58
The main room at the Museum of Comedy (Pic: Steve Ullathorne)

This week I visited the Museum of Comedy located at the corner of Museum Street and Bloomsbury Way in the crypt under St George’s Church.

Yesterday, 10:54
Bird Lovegod

I genuinely and honestly have only a slight problem when it comes to buying domain names.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bird says back up your data

What happened after a friend of mine lost basically everything he’d created in the last 5 years: