Montessori primary school a step closer

Essex County Standard: Work is already underway on some developments at the former Severalls Hospital site. Work is already underway on some developments at the former Severalls Hospital site.

PLANS for Colchester’s first Montessori primary school have taken another step forward after they were submitted to the Department for Education.

Teacher Daniel Kennedy wants to open the 420-place school on the former Severalls Hospital site in 2015.

Kennedy Montessori School Colchester will be the third of its kind in the country.

The main differences between Montessori and conventional schools is they do not teach children according to age groups and do not have traditional timetabled lessons.

Mr Kennedy said: “We are delighted to be making this application.

“We have been working with the community for the past nine months and have been overwhelmed with the level of local support.

“To date, several hundred families have come forward to support our proposals.

“We hope to have some positive news to share with them in the spring, when we expect to hear whether our application has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.”

Charity the New Schools Network awarded the Kennedy Academy Trust £5,000 to publicise the school plans and placed it on its development programme to support it through the application process.

Natalie Evans, director of New Schools Network, said: “We very much hope it will have the chance to put its plans into action when Government announces later in the spring which groups have been given the green light to open.”

There are two state-funded Montessori primary schools in the UK, in Manchester and in Stebbing, near Great Dunmow.

Last week, plans also went on show for another 420-place primary school in Braiswick, set to open in 2015 and sponsored by the Learning Pathways Trust.

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11:59am Wed 15 Jan 14

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10:17am Sun 19 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

They will do anything to cut the schools budjet.Over time all this free schools nonsense will be seen for what it is, nonsense.
They will do anything to cut the schools budjet.Over time all this free schools nonsense will be seen for what it is, nonsense. stevedawson
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7:43pm Sun 19 Jan 14

KMS Colchester says...

stevedawson wrote:
They will do anything to cut the schools budjet.Over time all this free schools nonsense will be seen for what it is, nonsense.
Interesting comment @stevedawson. Colchester needs new primary schools. As an approved academy sponsor, we have put forward a proposal for this new school. A 'Free School' is simply a name for a new school/academy. Where does cutting the schools budget come in? Why is it nonsense? Ultimately, we're just aiming to provide the very best schooling for children in Colchester. What's the problem?
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: They will do anything to cut the schools budjet.Over time all this free schools nonsense will be seen for what it is, nonsense.[/p][/quote]Interesting comment @stevedawson. Colchester needs new primary schools. As an approved academy sponsor, we have put forward a proposal for this new school. A 'Free School' is simply a name for a new school/academy. Where does cutting the schools budget come in? Why is it nonsense? Ultimately, we're just aiming to provide the very best schooling for children in Colchester. What's the problem? KMS Colchester
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