Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but it was a day of good news for me.
I received an email from the Department for Education saying my group’s application to set up a second school in Hammersmith and Fulham was one of the 102 free schools to be given the green light. Barring some disaster, the West London Free School Primary will be admitting its first pupils in September 2013.
Our aim in both schools is to offer the kind of classical education that’s usually reserved for the privileged elite – Latin, the history of the British Isles, competitive sport, etc – but to make it available to children from all parts of the local community, regardless of background or ability.
I describe it as Hogwarts meets Grange Hill and, so far, it’s proved a winning formula. (To read more, click here.)