A trust has revealed where it is set to open a new secondary school in Leicester.
The Mead Education Trust (TMET) is planning to open Brook Mead Academy on the corner of Fosse Road North and Groby Road, in the west of the city.
However, the school is initially to be based at a temporary site in St Augustine Road, near the Holiday Inn in St Nicholas Circle, in the city centre. The prefab buildings are already in place as they have been used by pupils at Castle Mead Academy, which is part of the trust.
The plan is to take in 240 Year 7 students at the temporary site in August.
The trust, which also includes Rushey Mead Academy, in Rushey Mead, Leicester, has said the school would grow to 1,500 students at its permanent site.
Rita Hindocha, principal designate of Brook Mead Academy, said the prefab buildings on the temporary site were “high quality” and had “been providing a high quality learning experience for Castle Mead Academy scholars for the last year”.
Trust bosses said they were delighted that the Secretary of State for Education had agreed to enter into a funding agreement for Brook Mead Academy. Funding agreements are the means by which academies receive their public cash. They are not funded by local councils. Academies’ public money comes straight from the government.
Ms Hindocha said: “This key milestone demonstrates the Government’s commitment that we will open in 2021. It also illustrates the Department for Education’s confidence in Brook Mead delivering a high quality education to the young people of Leicester. We are in the process of recruiting expert staff and are excited by developing our founding team.”
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A trust spokesperson said Brook Mead Academy would open in late August 2021, welcoming 240 Year 7 students in its first year and gradually grow to a school of 1500 students.
“The school will join the already established and recently opened school Castle Mead Academy, and the long-successful Rushey Mead Academy within The Mead Educational Trust,” the spokesperson added.