New free school proposals for former Hatfield primary site

PROPOSALS to build a new primary school in Hatfield will be discussed at a public meeting next week.

With demand for school places in the town rising, plans for a US-style charter school on the former site of New Briars Primary School will be submitted to Education Secretary Michael Gove under the Free Schools programme.

The proposals are the idea of former headteacher and Ofsted inspector Gill Jones, who wants to build “a school where every child knows they are on the way to college or university”.

“Free schools are independent of the local authority and are directly funded by the government,” she said.

“They have much more freedom about how they are run and should reflect the needs and wants of local families.”


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Mrs Jones is hoping to recruit more parents to join her campaign, and is holding a meeting at Roe Hill Hall in Briars Lane, Hatfield, at 7.30pm on Monday.

Hertfordshire County Council is also considering reopening the Briars Lane school, which closed in 2007 and amalgamated with Stream Woods JMI in Woods Avenue to become Oak View Primary School.

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