Luton free school bid passes through first stage

Chiltern Learning Trust chief executive Adrian Rogers
Chiltern Learning Trust chief executive Adrian Rogers

Plans for a new free school in Luton have passed through the first stage, we can reveal.

The Chiltern Learning Trust– which runs Denbigh High School, Challney High School for Boys and Dallow Primary School– will now present its proposals to the Department for Education on December 9.

Their bid would see the creation of a mixed-sex school for 1,200 students between the ages of 11 and 16.

If CLT’s plans go through the school, which would be named the Chiltern Academy, would take 240 students for a September 2018 opening.

More than 500 parents have indicated that the school would be their first choice.

CLT chief executive Adrian Rogers said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to the interview which marks the next phase in the development of the new school.

“We would like to thank all of the community members and parents who have supported us in our application.

“These are exciting times and we are looking forward to providing Luton with another high performing secondary school.”

CLT has said the school will be sited in ‘south central Luton’ but it is still searching for an exact location.

Nick Timothy, director of the New Schools Network, added: ““We need to open hundreds of new schools, and we need existing, successful schools to

open new schools and take over others. 

“This is the only way we are going to be able to address the twin challenge of meeting rising demand for school places and improving educational standards across the country.

“The DfE invitation to interview for the Chiltern Learning Trust is a testament to their hard work and a step towards addressing the school places shortage faced.”