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Applications will be welcome from local children of any faith or none.

It will be operated by The Emmanuel School Trust (TEST), with a local governing body that will include representatives from the community, parents and staff, and others who have the skills to contribute to the governance of a successful school.

Our application to proceed to the ‘pre-opening’ stage of development was approved by the Department for Education in 2016. TEST are now working extremely hard behind the scenes on plans to open in September 2024, including:

  • Appointment of an outstanding team;
    Development of the site;
    Education plans and policies;
  • Procurement of services needed to operate the school;
  • Preparing for the checks made by Ofsted and the Department for Education before we open.

We expect that our consultation with the community will show demand not just for Reception, but for all year groups in our opening year of 2024. However, we will in the first instance open to Nursery and Reception children only before growing the school over the years to come. This demand comes from parents moving into the new housing development at Beam Park, as well as parents already in the local area. Our school will provide an excellent community school in the heart of the new locality, developing connections with established communities and a sense of pride and belonging.

No. Emmanuel Community School Beam Park will follow the school admissions code like all state-funded schools. Applications will be welcome from local children of any faith and none. We also hope to make nursery places available on the school site. Our admissions policy can be seen here.

The school will be run by a Local Board of Governors who will be accountable to the charitable trust which oversees the school. In addition, the school will also be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

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