We have received the disappointing news from the Department for Education (DfE) that The Sheriff School has not been selected to progress to the next stage of the free school process.
We submitted a strong application that was successful in the first stage of the selection process when we were shortlisted for interview earlier this year and we felt that our experienced proposer group, which includes governors and senior leaders at the high-achieving Lawrence Sheriff School which placed seventh in the country out of more than 3,200 secondary schools in 2013, responded well to robust questioning on all aspects of our proposals for The Sheriff School. We were also able to demonstrate a huge amount of support from communities in and around Nuneaton which makes the DfE’s decision all the more poignant at this final stage of the process and we are now reviewing feedback from the DfE, which will enable us to determine whether to resubmit the bid.
We hope that there will be a further opportunity to repay the faith shown by all those who expressed support for our plans by establishing an excellent secondary school to help meet the pressing need for additional, high-quality school places in Nuneaton, identified by the DfE as Priority District for free school applications.
Meanwhile, we are extremely grateful to all those who supported our proposal and expressed an interest in sending their children to the school, and if we submit a second proposal we will publicise this on this website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Sheriff School Team