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22nd September 2017

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New Special Free School in Sunderland

Opportunity for Ascent Academies’ Trust

Consultation period 22.09.17 to 06.10.17

Ascent Academies’ Trust are consulting with all staff, parents and stakeholders regarding an opportunity to be the sponsor of a new Special Free School in Sunderland. The Trust would welcome comments on their proposal to apply to run the new proposed Free School.

It is proposed that the new Special Free School could provide an additional 96 specialist school places in Sunderland. The proposed Special Free School would be based on the former Bishop Harland CE VA Primary School site in North Sunderland. The timeline for the new school to be open is September 2019.

Please find links below for further information and the consultation documents:

Consultation Letter

If you have any feedback or questions about Ascent Academies’ Trust’s proposal to apply to be the sponsor of the new school, please submit them to the email address

The closing date for responses to the consultation will be Friday 6th October 2017 (5pm).

The responses to the consultation will be fed into the Trust’s submission to the DfE and will also be fed back to the Board of Trustees for Ascent Academies’ Trust.

CDunnSigInterim CEO

Ascent Academies’ Trust

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