About New Schools

There has been an unprecedented population increase and there are more children in Harrow than primary school places.

Many primary schools have expanded, but there is still a shortage of places. Harrow’s own estimate is that the shortage could be 1,500 places or more in 2015/16 and a staggering 4,500 by 2022.

Our plans to open Saint Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School in 2016 will help towards making sure there is a primary school place for every child.

What is a free school?

Free to attend, and free to make decisions

Free schools are state-funded. There are no fees and they are open to all.

Free schools are independent of Local Authority control which means they can make decisions in the best interests of the children on roll. One example is that free schools have some freedom over the curriculum which will allow us to provide a unique bilingual experience to our pupils.

Free schools are set up by groups such as interested parents, teachers and charities in response to what local people want and need, in order to improve education for children in their community.
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Will you open all the year groups at the same time?

No, we opened with 60 places in Reception in 2016, these children will be our oldest year group until they leave primary school July 2023.

Will there be a breakfast and after-school club?

We are committed to supporting the lives of busy parents. Our breakfast club runs from 7.45am and our after school club ends at 6pm. There is a charge for each of these clubs.

How will I know how well my child is doing once the school is open?

New schools do not have Y6 SATs results until the oldest children reach that age, but that doesn’t mean parents will need to wait seven years for the first results from St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School.

Before a new school can open it has a ‘pre-opening Ofsted inspection’ to make sure everything is in place to meet all relevant standards and requirements. Free schools also have Ofsted inspections once they are open, just like any other school. The school will get its first Ofsted inspection in the second year it is open.

The school will also publish data to parents every year which shows how much progress the children have made and their level of attainments. Parents will be invited to parents’ evenings and into the classroom to meet with their teacher and to find out how their child is getting on, and the ‘open door’ policy means that a parent can make an appointment to speak to their child’s teacher at any time with any concern.