Winslow’s Sir Thomas Fremantle School joined the national debate over free schools when ITV’s Daybreak broadcast live from the school on Thursday last week.
Sir Thomas Fremantle opened on September 5 and currently has four teaching groups in Year Seven and one in Year Eight.
Senior correspondent, Richard Gaisford delivered four separate reports live from the school over the two-hour news programme.
The visit was prompted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s call for academies and free schools to be forced to employ only qualified teachers and teach the national curriculum like other schools.
Headmaster Darren Lyon was interviewed live while Mr Clegg responded from the Daybreak TV studio.
In response, Mr Lyon said the independent sector had many high quality teachers who did not hold formal teacher qualification and that many state schools relied on unqualified staff and to cover and deliver lessons every day.
Mr Clegg conceded that he had no objection to schools employing staff who were working towards a qualification.
Students arrived at school before 7am and featured in a number of the reports throughout the morning. Many also attended the school’s Hallowe’en Disco later that evening, which was organised by the Friends of STFS.
Later in the morning, the school hosted Bucks County Council leader Martin Tett who wanted to find out more about Buckinghamshire’s newest secondary school.
He was joined on his visit by Winslow’s county councillor and school governor, John Chilver and Aylesbury Vale District councillor Sue Renshall.