Frequently asked questions

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Why does the area need a new school?
Firstly, with 720-plus new homes being built in Lichfield, there is a need for additional primary school places for the children of the families who will live in them. Secondly, SET’s research showed that in many of the existing local primaries, progress in reading, writing and mathematics was ‘below’ or ‘well below’ average. To raise standards and prepare children for life at secondary school and beyond, literacy and numeracy development will be high profile across all the curriculum subjects at Streethay. 

When will the school open?
Streethay Primary School will open in September 2019 for Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2, with the aim of growing year-on-year up to Year 6.

What is a free school?
Free schools are independent schools set up by groups of parents, teachers, charities, existing schools or other organisations to respond to a need – for extra places, to raise standards or offer choice – for a new school in their community. Free schools are free to attend and open to children of all abilities and backgrounds. Free schools can be primary, secondary, all-through or 16-19, or set up specifically for children with special educational needs or those who struggle in mainstream schools (alternative provision). 

Free schools are funded by central government. They are not under local authority control, and free schools have the flexibility to: opt out of teaching the National Curriculum and devise their own; extend the school day or year to allow for more extra-curricular activities; set staffs pay and conditions; decide how to spend their budget; and have independent governance. While they have these freedoms, free schools must still adhere to the Admissions Code, be not-for-profit and be inspected by Ofsted.

Who will manage the school?
The school will be run by the Shaw Education Trust (SET), which has proven experience as a primary school provider, and currently manages 11 schools in the West Midlands and the North West. Visit the About the Trust page for more information on other schools in the SET family.

What are the benefits of being part of a larger family of schools?
Being part of a family of schools, being able to learn from their successes and experiences, and to use tried-and-tested educational methods that it knows will work.

Who can apply for a place?
Streethay Primary School is open to children of abilities and from all backgrounds.

How do I apply for a place for my child?
Visit the Admissions arrangement page for more details.

What are the school hours?
For Key Stage 1 (8.50am to 3.15pm) and for Key Stage 2 (8.45am to 3.15pm).

Does the school follow the National Curriculum?
At Streethay, we will take in relevant aspects of the National Curriculum where appropriate to meet the needs of pupils. For more details on the school’s curriculum, visit the Curriculum page. 

Is the school still evaluated by Ofsted?
Like all state schools, free schools are inspected by Ofsted.

What facilities will the new school offer?
The new single-storey school building will include classrooms plus a digital technology area and learning resource centre equipped with the latest IT. Outside, there will be a multi-use games area and football pitch as well as play spaces, habitat areas and parking. It is hoped that the local community will have access to educational and recreational facilities at the school.

What will the school’s nursery offer?
We will aim for the school’s nursery provision to begin as soon as there is demand, but we are aware this might not happen from September 2019 when the first Reception class starts. Streethay’s Nursery will provide the best foundation for learning and a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children. The 15- or 30-hour funded places will also be supplemented by a flexible package of wraparound care during the extended day to fit in with parents’ working hours. Our nursery provision will be governor-run, and staff from our Nursery and Reception classes will work alongside the Early Years Leader to plan activities that suit the needs of the children and provide continuity and progression across both settings.

Are the teaching staff all qualified?
We will only recruit qualified teachers (QTS) to take on the full responsibilities of a class teacher. We have the ability to draw upon the expertise of Keele and North Staffordshire SCITT, which belongs to our Trust, to ensure we employ and train the highest quality teachers. We will recruit additional qualified and experienced teachers to focus on the core skills of English, mathematics, and computing. For each class of each age group, from Reception to Year 6, there will a qualified teacher as well as a teaching assistant or a higher-level teaching assistant working with each year group for part of the day.

Will the school have SEN provision?
Streethay will provide high-quality education for children of all abilities, from the most able to those needing additional support. Our provision for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities will draw on the expertise of our partner school, Saxon Hill Academy in Lichfield. Its proximity will provide opportunities for collaborative working and enhanced learning opportunities.