York is to have its first free school.
The Department for Education has confirmed that Ebor Academy Trust’s bid for a Creative Arts Academy has been successful.
David Cameron made the announcement in one of his final acts as prime minister today, with the York bid one of 31 applications to have passed the rigorous selection tests.
Ebor, who currently run Robert Wilkinson and Haxby Road schools in York, will now work in partnership with City of York Council to secure an appropriate site and aim for an opening of the new primary school in September 2017.
Richard Ludlow, chief executive of Ebor Academy Trust said: “This is an exciting new provision for the children of York and we are keen to continue to work alongside education colleagues at the local authority to create an excellent new school, funded by central government, which puts creativity at the centre of the curriculum and remains part of the family of schools within the city.
“Alongside an outstanding academic grounding, developed at other schools in our group, we will fulfil pledges made in our application to add diversity by taking a fresh look at how creative arts in all its many forms can enrich education provision.
“We are pleased the DfE has recognised the innovation, enthusiasm and passion brought to bear by Ebor staff, creative professionals in York and, importantly, the many parents who signed up to our ideals and ambitions.”
The school, a two form entry primary, will be for all of York. It will not compete with any individual existing school but will ease the pressure of primary place planning in certain areas.
Peter D. Acaster, chair of the Ebor trust, said: “This is fantastic news. We are thrilled to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to the young people of York.”