“The feedback that we have had from parents and prospective parents about our school has been fantastic. Our expectations are incredibly high, and visitors always comment that they can see and feel this from the moment they walk through the door. We have worked hard to create a culture where our values of aspiration, integrity, exploration and resilience are visible in all aspects of school life, and we are incredibly proud to serve our local community. “This is an anxious and challenging time for parents and young people, and we know that not all families will have been allocated the school that they want. My advice to parents is that if our values chime with your own, then get in touch and consider Compass School Southwark for your child. We are already looking forward to working with our next cohort of families ahead of September.”Natalie Evans, director of education charity, New Schools Network, which helps groups to set up free schools, said:
“Unfortunately, not all parents will receive the good news that they have hoped for today. Free schools are playing an important role in London in helping address the need for good school places and are proving popular with parents. “Our most recent parent survey revealed that 34 per cent of parents in London (9 per cent higher than the national average) would have chosen a different school if they had had a chance, representing more than 300,000* families across the region. 79 per cent said they would consider sending their child to a new school.”Interested parents can find out more about Compass School Southwark at www.compass-schools.com, or call on 0203542 6506 to find out more or arrange to attend one of our coffee mornings for prospective parents being held on 11, 12 and 13 March. Notes for Editors Compass School Southwark is located on Drummond & Keeton’s Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4EE, a short walk from Bermondsey Tube station. You can contact the school for more information or media enquiries on 020 3542 6506 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. * NSN took the number of families from the 2011 census data, divided by Government Office Region. Families in a region have been defined as the total number of households in the following categories - No adults or one adult and one or more children; Two adults and one or two children; Two adults and three or more children; Three or more adults and one or more children. Source: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/census/2011/qs115ew. The total number of households with children was then compared to the percentage of respondents in each region who said they would have preferred another choice of school to determine the number of households in each region who may feel this way. NSN parent poll Populus interviewed a random sample of 5,240 adults online between 6th and 14th August 2014, including 1,295 parents of children aged 4 - 18. Interviews were conducted across England and the results have been weighted to be representative of all adults. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For a full description of the methods we use, please see www.populus.co.uk<http://www.populus.co.uk. New Schools Network is an independent charity set up in 2009. We aim to improve the quality of education – particularly for the most deprived – by increasing the number of independent, innovative schools within the state sector. For more information: www.newschoolsnetwork.org.uk/
“The success of free schools has been remarkable. The creation of 251 new free schools in just four and a half years, with three-quarters of them being rated good or outstanding, is something to be incredibly proud of. Free schools bring innovation, create choice and competition, and raise standards and I whole-heartedly believe that they are driving an extraordinary and beneficial change in Britain. We want to go on investing and helping with the Free School success, to create the best education system in Western Europe that enables young people to get on and make the most of their lives”.Lauren Thorpe, Principal of Compass School Southwark, said:
"I am delighted to be able to celebrate the success of so many free schools, including Compass School. We are incredibly proud of the education that we are providing to young people in the Borough of Southwark and we are immensely excited about the opportunities that we are able to offer. In just over a year we have built a strong culture for learning where students, staff and parents have high expectations and aspirations of what we can achieve together. Compass School will continue to work with our community and other local schools to improve the quality of education provision, and offer families in our community more choice over where to go to school."Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:
“I am immensely proud of everything that has been achieved through the free schools programme in a relatively short space of time - because this programme is a vital part of our wider plan for improving education in London. “Thanks to this plan more children in England have the opportunity to go to a good or outstanding school than ever before and free schools have been crucial to that change - with more than two-thirds of free schools meeting this high standard. “We are giving thousands more parents a choice of high-quality local schools that offer the excellent standard of education that all pupils deserve.”Natalie Evans, Director of New Schools Network, added:
“Compass School Southwark is one of more than 360 free schools now open or approved to open in England. Free schools are continuing to prove popular with parents, and are adding good new school places to their local communities. “Over 250 Free Schools are now open in every region of England, with more than 110 more due to open from September 2015 onwards. Once full these schools will provide nearly 200,000 new school places."
Blacklands Farm residential visit 2014 by Slidely Slideshow
After the visit we received some lovely feedback from Rich and his team at Blacklands Farm. We can't wait to visit them again next year!
I am thrilled to hear that the trip has left a lasting impression on all involved! We really enjoyed having you all here and thank you for the fantastic support from yourself and all your staff. The children were a delight. It is rare that we have guests from inner London, but when we do they are often some of the most rewarding courses to run. You are obviously all doing an amazing job there and I hope that 4th Dimension can continue to be a small part of your students' journey at Compass, as your school continues to grow. Really looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
We had two great days and the transformation was remarkable! Thank you to Tesco who provided a BBQ for the two days and refreshments to keep everyone's energy up. Tesco also brought a team of around 20 volunteers to help us - what a difference it made! We would also like to thank Carrillion who donated tools and staff, and thank you to Speedy Hire who provided power tools to help clear our gardens more quickly.