Appointment for new free school

MHBG-19-07-12 Heyford Park Free School
MHBG-19-07-12 Heyford Park Free School

The Bicester area’s first free school has appointed a new head of early years provision as it prepares to take its first pupils in September.

Parents can meet Heyford Park Free School’s new director of primary, Lorna Middleton, at an open morning tomorrow, Saturday, April 6.

They can also meet principal David Castles at the event, which runs from 10am to noon at Heyford Park House in Upper Heyford.

Mrs Middleton is coming to Heyford Park from a small private school in Moreton-in-Marsh.

David Castles, principal at Heyford Park Free School, said: “She has a wealth of experience from early years education through to secondary teaching and her expertise in both literacy and special educational needs is a huge benefit to the school and our future students.”

There will also be displays of uniform, school plans, and details of pastoral care and support. Early-years specialists and governors will be available.

Mrs Middleton has been involved in managing of schools in Canada and Germany, and was headteacher of a Regio Emilia nursery school.

The school has places available in its reception class in September, and is operating a continuing interest list for Year 7.

Buildings are undergoing a £10 million conversion, funded by Heyford Park redevelopers the Dorchester Group, before the school welcomes its first 120 pupils. The school should reach its full 840-pupil capacity in 2019.

Organisers ask guests to email info.heyfordparkfreeschool@dorchestergrp.com to book a place at the open morning, giving a contact name, number, and the likely number of guests.