Trinitas appointed to run Bexley’s new SEN free school
Trinitas Academy Trust has been appointed to run the London Borough of Bexley’s new SEN Free School which, when completed and fully occupied, will educate 90 students with social, emotional & mental health needs and ASD, aged 11 to 19.
The new school will be called Cornerstone and will be built on the former Woodside School site in Halt Robin Road. It is expected to open in September 2021 and will be delivered by the Council’s Major Projects Team on behalf of the DfE.
Cornerstone will be the second free school that has been secured by Bexley; the first being Cleeve Meadow, which was handed over to Kemnal Academy Trust last month. The two schools together involve nearly £25m of central and local government investment in education in Bexley.
Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor John Fuller said: “We look forward to working with the Trinitas Trust to deliver this much needed new school which will enable more of our pupils to be educated in their local communities. Along with the new Cleeve Meadow School, the plans for Cornerstone show our commitment to families in Bexley. I look forward to work starting at the site.”
Beverley Gardener, CEO Trinitas Academy Trust: “This is an exciting opportunity for the trust to further meet the needs of Bexley children. For too long, these children’s needs could not be met locally, meaning that children had to travel quite a distance just to go to school. They will now be able to go to school where they live, and enjoy the benefits of both belonging to their new school and to Trinitas.”