Hereford sites earmarked for Robert Owen Group free school

Schoolchildren studying The new school is expected to specialise in vocational teaching for 14 to 19-year-olds

Related Stories

Former school buildings and offices in Hereford have been earmarked as possible sites for a new free school.

The Robert Owen Group plans to open a new vocational school for 14 to 19-year-olds in September.

The Department for Education asked Herefordshire Council to make buildings available from its housing stock.

The council said the school would be temporarily based at the former Holme Lacy Primary School, before moving to a second site at Blackfriars.

A spokesperson said the free school was expected to move to the Blackfriars offices early next year, once council staff have moved out and the building is refurbished.

They said an agreement had been reached with the department for education, subject to a funding deal being signed.

Free school

Councillor Graham Powell said the local authority was waiting for the Robert Owen Group's detailed proposals for the site.

Under legislation, the education secretary has the right to determine how land that has been used for educational purposes in the past should be used in future.

The Robert Owen Group, which also provides teacher training at its base in Leominster, was granted permission to create a school in July.

Free school status means it will be run outside of local authority control and will manage its own curriculum and budget, as well as given greater flexibility over teaching hours, term dates and other aspects.

Its president Chris Morgan said the school was "fantastic news for Herefordshire" and would help to regenerate the Marches area.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites



Min. Night 1 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Abdi Nor IftinGolden ticket

    How a refugee entered a lottery and won a new life in the US

  • Herring in a fur coatMerry herring

    How fish 'in a fur coat' is enough to make Russia's New Year happy

  • Curiosity Self Portrait at Windjana Drilling SiteIn pictures

    The most stunning space photos of the year

  • Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Dame Judi DenchFilm quiz of 2014

    How much do you remember about the past 12 months?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • BooksHidden messages

    Adults often find surprising subtexts in children’s literature – but are they really there?


  • Click presenter Spencer Kelly flies a droneClick Watch

    From wearable technology to drones and robots - highlights from 2014

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.