Planning is underway for the development of the UK’s first ecumenical Christian Academy School, in Weston-super-Mare.
The Free School, which would cater for 600 children aged between 4-16 years olds, could begin development by the end of the year if Somerset planners approve an application.
Unlike other new school developments, the Academy would be the first Free School in the country to be designated as ‘belonging’ equally to a group of churches of different denominations.
Usually church school developments are owned by one church, or denomination, but in Weston-super-Mare discussions are already underway between church leaders to form a working partnership to back the country’s first ecumenical church school.
Now parents in the area are being asked to show their support for the project by filling in their details on a survey which will be presented to officials as crucial evidence of demand for the school development.
Local people with children who will either be Reception age, or ready to enter Year 7 in September 2013 and September 2014 are urged to join the campaign.
In a statement the school team said they are committed to providing: "not only a school but a community facility, offering adult learning; a crèche, support for parents and holiday care for children among other plans."
February 8th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Simon Cross