Cathedral Schools Trust have been given the green light to open a brand new secondary school for Bristol in September 2018. The new school will adopt an academic curriculum and specialise in employability skills forging links with the business community. The Cathedral Enterprise School will have 6 forms of entry (180 students per year group) and aims to provide academic, vocational and professional placement opportunities developing students’ life skills through co-curricular activities. It will prioritise a significant percentage of places for children from low income families.
The Executive Principal Neil Blundell said:
We are delighted to be given the opportunity to open a much needed secondary school in the north of Bristol. Cathedral Schools Trust is growing and this new school will play an important role in the development of the trust aiming to achieve outstanding outcomes for all our children.
Mr Blundell went on to say:
The need for school places is critical and we are committed to working in partnership with the local authority and other educational leaders to ensure that we secure an appropriate site and build on the rapid improvements in educational outcomes for Bristol children.
Stephen Parsons Chair of the trust said:
We are all so pleased to be able to take on another free school project following the very successful opening of Cathedral Primary School in 2013. Both Cathedral Primary and BCCS are the most oversubscribed schools in the city and we recognise how important it to be able to offer more places for Bristol families in our group of schools.
The school has been announced as part of the government’s Free School programme, which aims to open 500 Free Schools before the next general election. The Cathedral Schools Trust already sponsors Bristol Cathedral Choir School and Cathedral Primary School. Bristol Cathedral Choir School topped the league results table for the second year in a row this summer with 85% of students achieving A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE and 70% achieving A*-B at A level.