Plans revealed for new free school in Lincoln

A new free school could be built in Lincoln after it was revealed that an academy trust is preparing a bid to the government

The New Dawn Multi Academy Trust in Lincoln is in the process of co-ordinating and submitting an application for a new secondary school in the city.

The location of the school is yet to be determined, but the trust says it is hoped it will be based in the Hartsholme area, west/south west of the city, and would cater for around 600 students in years 7-11.

If the bid is accepted, the new school could open as soon as September 2018.

Parents at Hartsholme Academy primary school have been actively seeking a secondary school and have approached the trust for support.

The bid will be assessed by a panel at the Department of Education before the process moves forward.

Early discussions have suggested naming the school The Joseph Shuttleworth Academy after one of the founders of the 19th century Clayton and Shuttleworth engineering business in Lincoln.

Carl Jarvis, CEO for the trust and head at Hartsholme Academy, said: “We know our pupils and the community deserve a high quality secondary school that will ensure our pupils will be educated to a world class level that allows them to follow their passions and achieve their life goals.”