I posted this photograph in a recent blog with a sub heading about seeing potential. I wanted to explain what I meant by this. For years I have passed this building and seen it either sitting derelict or housing various non de-script clothing manufacturers.
When I was younger I used to come up with various uses for this building, I used to daydream about making it into a youth centre, then an affordable housing scheme (the local council also had this idea but nothing ever came of it??). When I took this picture I saw another potential use.
We plan on moving from the town in which we currently reside in order to give Princess a better chance at a good, well rounder education. I saw this building and thought –
“why not bring the good school to her?”
I am talking about free schools. State funded schools which are set up by local parents, businesses (on a not-for -profit basis), religious groups and or charities. They do not have to follow a particular framework as to size/ type but they are ofsted registered and have to follow strict guidelines in certain areas such as financial planning.
There is a great shortage of good schools in my area and think this would be a great site to provide children with a first class education from inspiring, enthusiastic individuals and teachers*. I did a quick tour of Google and it seems that others have thought the same and I’m pleased to see that a free school is already opened in my town. Click here to have a gander
Would you consider working with other parents to open up a school that fits with the ethos you want for your children’s educations? I know it would be a big challenge but I admit it is one I would love to get my teeth stuck into.
*(teachers in Free Schools will not necessarily need to have Qualified Teacher Status but must be CRB checked- meaning you could invite Densel Washington to give drama lessons on his days off from Hollywood or Jamie Oliver to hold home ec classes)
*** Added 15.25 on 30 June ***
Thank you to all the people who have contacted me about setting up a free school. I think it is wonderful that so many of you share my goals! Please email me if you are interested and lets make this work!!