The Department for Education is today announcing a new school for the city, with a new approach that is predicated on the premise that children from Stoke-on-Trent, from all backgrounds, can become exemplary in a wide variety of fields, including academic excellence.
Florence MacWilliams Academy has been provisionally approved and plans to open in September 2023 in the south of the city. The new school will be delivered by a group of leading educational experts from the region in conjunction with leading universities, employers and rooted strongly in the community.
Florence MacWilliams Academy will address the urgent need for secondary school places, with a strong focus on academic standards, exemplary behaviour and conduct, character and excellence for all, regardless of the background or prior attainment of our learners. The engaging and demanding curriculum on offer at the school will successfully educate and create aspirational, confident, resilient young people who will give back to their community and make major contributions to the future success of our city.
Dame Kathryn August, Chair of the Board said:
“On behalf of the team that has worked on the proposal for the Florence McWilliams Academy I’m delighted with the approval received today. The support that has been given is hugely appreciated and characteristic of the spirit of Stoke.
“The whole team will continue to work tirelessly with all stakeholders to build the school that will provide a step change for the life chances of young people who come to it.”
Jack Brereton, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South said:
“I warmly welcome the Government’s provisional approval of this new free school in our city, a confirmation that I have long been campaigning for. Stoke-on-Trent has a shortage of secondary school places, evident from the real problems that we see when a large cohort of pupils reaches secondary age. So I am delighted that Florence Macwilliams Academy will create new, high-quality school places in my constituency. It has been a pleasure to support the Educo Trust’s bid throughout the approval process and I look forward to the opening of the new academy.”