No. Acorn Free School will be run by a charitable trust. Any income earned will be used to sustain and improve the school for the benefit of our pupils.
The proposed site for Acorn Free School has actually been selected by the Education Funding Authority, the Government agency which oversees the foundation of free schools.
Our school will bring back into use a site that is currently derelict and overgrown, so that neighbouring properties will be much more secure. We will also have a facility which can be used for other community activities outside school hours.
No. It is important to point out that we will be working with small numbers of children who are in mainstream schools and who will continue to spend time in those schools every week. Acorn is neither a behavioural school nor a special school. Some pupils can benefit from time in a different setting, with more intensive support from staff with the right skills and experience. This is what we offer, supporting youngsters to drive up standards of achievement with positive staffing ratios to allow rapid progress.
No. Pupils will be brought directly into the Acorn Free School by minibus and met by staff, who will also park onsite. We are consciously scheduling our school day so that our pupils will arrive after children are already in The Meadows Primary School opposite, and will leave a full half hour before primary school finishes.
As part of the statutory consultation process, we have requested that community members suggest any after-school or community activities that would benefit students and the local area. We will consider these proposals in due course.
The main recruitment period is scheduled for the second quarter of 2013. We will be advertising positions on this website. All staff appointed will have specialist experience and a proven track record in meeting the needs of young people.
The proposers of Acorn Free School have established a charitable Trust, with the majority of Members being educationalists from Acorn Behaviour Support Service which currently offers provision to students at schools in the local area requiring additional support. The Trustees will govern the school and a new Principal will be appointed in due course.
Students who we identify as having difficulties with learning will be fully supported in class by teachers and keyworkers. . Where necessary they will also receive small group support or individual tuition. The school will work closely with external agencies to formally assess and actively support any children with learning needs.
It is likely that the school will be located in the Bracebridge area of Lincoln, however this has not yet been finalised with the Education Funding Agency. This will then be subject to the usual planning permission process.
The school will offer full and part-time short term flexible placements and will also supply preventative work to local schools and academies via the outreach capacity. Placements will not be permanent and pupils who attend will not be permanently excluded. It is envisaged that the school will work with up to 350 pupils in an outreach capacity to ensure a holistic approach to intervention, working with pupils, parents and partnership schools to make positive changes. This service will raise standards of teaching and behaviour management in schools and further reduce the likelihood of exclusion. The outreach capacity will also provide seamless support to reintegrate pupils back into mainstream education in this support will be both for pupil and school staff.