Free school admissions now open

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ADMISSIONS are now being taken for a new free school in Cramlington which will open its doors at the start of September.

The country’s most northerly free school, Cramlington Village Primary School (CVPS), is now accepting admissions, giving parents in Cramlington and surrounding towns and villages the opportunity to apply for a place for their child at the start of the new term on September 3.

One of just three free schools in the north east, CVPS will begin in September 2012 with Reception and Year 1 classes, then adding a further Reception class each year until it covers all ages from four to 11.

Earlier this year, CVPS recruited a principal, vice-principal, two class teachers and a business manager.

It is now close to signing an agreement with Northumberland County Council to take over disused school buildings in Bowmont Drive, Eastfield Lea, Cramlington.

CVPS is one of 55 free schools given provisional approval by education secretary Michael Gove to open in September, subject to a funding agreement – expected to be signed off at the end of this month.

The school will offer term times and school hours to suit children’s learning patterns, school meals for all children, and swimming lessons for every year group.

Principal designate of the school, Debbie Wylie, said: “Even if parents have already accepted a place at another primary school they can still apply for a place at Cramlington Village Primary School.”

Parents are able to download an application form from or call in at the school’s temporary office at 1a Paradise Row, Cramlington Village, for a hard copy version, and to find out further details.

The CVPS admissions window will run until May 28 with parents being informed of offers by 5pm on May 31.