Black Country - Views sought on 'micro academy'

20th August 2010 at 01:00

The vice-principal of Grace Academy Darlastan, Walsall, plans to give up his job and create a free school in the Black Country. Nick Chater, who has nine children of his own, is seeking interest from parents on a "micro-academy" to cater for 50 pupils.

If he wins support, the 54-year-old ICT teacher wants to attract children who feel isolated from the mainstream education system or who have found it difficult to fit into school life. The set-up cost would be #163;40,000 and the annual budget #163;250,000.

"Helping people from deprived areas is an important vision for the micro academy," he said. "There are a lot of BTEC courses which are non-examined but assessed by an external moderator. I would be keen to take on students who have failed their GCSEs and offer a range of level two and level three courses." GL.

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