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A New Church of England Secondary School in South/Central Lewisham

UPDATE: The Department for Education has announced that a new Church of England Secondary School has been approved to open in Lewisham. The new secondary school, which is being set up by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education is due to open in 2019 or 2020.

This inclusive, 8 Form Entry, co- educational Church of England school will have a distinctive Christian character and be highly effective. The school will have specialist provision for pupils with Autism. We are working closely with the DfE to find an appropriate site and will share any updates on both our website and facebook page.

The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education is delighted that the school has been approved and wishes to thank local parishes, parents and the community for their support. The SDBE looks forward to realising the Vision and Mission for this new school, working alongside Lewisham Council and the local community, to provide young people the opportunity to grow and develop within a broad curriculum underpinned by Christian Values.

An application to establish Lewisham CofE Secondary School, a new 11-16 co-educational school, will be submitted to the Department for Education in September 2016. The school is being proposed by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education to help meet the growing need for additional high quality secondary places in the south/central Lewisham area and also to give families additional choice of a high quality education with Christian values and strong pastoral care for their children.

If our application is approved, we plan to open in September 2019 with eight Year 7 classes (240 places) and admit the same number of Year 7 pupils each year thereafter, reaching full capacity of 1,200 pupils  in 2023. Lewisham CofE Secondary School will be free to attend and will be highly inclusive, have a distinctive Christian character and will offer its students the opportunity to grow and develop within a broad and balanced curriculum framework under-pinned by Christian values. The school will also include an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit providing children with specialist care in a safe and secure environment whilst still being in a mainstream school.

There is clear need for a co-educational Church of England secondary school in the area, and this new school will provide an excellent continuation of learning for children in the Church of England family of Lewisham primary schools, as well as those families of other faiths and no faith who wish to see their children succeed in a safe and inclusive environment.

Our dual focus on maths and modern foreign languages will motivate students by using relevant real-life contexts including via immersion learning applications, and support higher standards in other subjects through cross-curricular working e.g. numeracy across the curriculum, as well as benefiting from liaison with our partner schools. Lewisham Church of England Secondary School will establish and develop strong mutually beneficial partnerships with the local family of schools, local agencies, business, and charities to support learning opportunities for our students and develop our teachers, meeting Equality Act 2010 requirements. Our school will prepare students to be the future professional workforce for Lewisham, London and beyond. A wide-ranging enrichment programme will be provided during an extended day which will include a Breakfast Club and after-school supervised Homework Club, supporting personal as well as academic development while offering parent-friendly provision.

You can help make this happen! The plans for Lewisham CofE Secondary School will only become a reality with the support of the community. In our application to the Department for Education, we need to demonstrate the level of support for the school, particularly of parents with child(ren) due to start secondary school in September 2019 or 2020.

If you are a parent of a child for whom you would consider Lewisham CofE Secondary School, please register your support.

If you do not have a child starting secondary school in 2019 or beyond but support this proposed school, please email us at david.noble@place-group.com

Thank you – your support will help make our vision for a new Church of England Secondary School in the south/central Lewisham become a reality.

Lewisham CofE Secondary School Team