Frequently Asked Questions

Can free schools make a profit?
No. Free schools are run on a not-for-profit basis by a charitable Trust. The school will be run by the Headteacher and their leadership team and they will be answerable to a Local Advisory Board.

Where will the school be situated?
Our intention is to locate the school in north Reading. We will release more information on the exact location of the school as soon as we are able.

Why are you proposing to open with only Year 7 classes?
Admissions to the school are taking place where a basic need for places has been identified. When starting a new school we believe that it is really important to nurture the first year and establish the culture of the new school.

Are free schools selective?
No. Free schools have to follow the new admissions code like all state-funded schools. The school will be open for all to attend and this will be enshrined in our Admissions Policy.

If Maiden Erlegh River Academy opens will that mean less money for the other schools in the area?
No. Funding for free schools will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Will Maiden Erlegh River Academy be inspected by Ofsted?
Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other academy category schools. The school will also be inspected by Ofsted prior to opening and will be subject to termly visits from the Department for Education during its first year.

Have you chosen a Head for the school?
The Trust plans to operate with an Executive Headteacher during the pre-opening phase, alongside the secondment of a Maiden Erlegh Trust senior leader in the post of Head of School. The Trust would then look to recruit a substantive Headteacher during the first year of operation, with the intention of appointing the successful candidate with effect from the September in the second year of operation, and will be advertising nationally to attract the best candidates

How will the school be accountable?
The school will be run by a locally-recruited Local Advisory Board who will be accountable to the charitable Trust which oversees the school. In addition, the school will be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

How can I apply for a place?
Details of the admissions procedure will be made available on this website.

How will Maiden Erlegh River Academy meet the needs of the local community?
Please complete the short form to help shape our vision for the school to the needs and ambitions of the community it will serve.