The Rural Enterprise Academy Celebrates Success of Free Schools with Prime Minister
Lorraine Makin, School Principal of the Rural Enterprise Academy at Rodbaston, visited Lancaster House in London for a reception celebrating the success of free schools across the country.
They were joined by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron and Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan. The event was organised by education charity New Schools Network.
The Rural Enterprise Academy was one a number of schools represented at the event. The first free schools opened just over three years ago in September 2011, yet there are now 360 of these schools open or approved to open, together creating more than 200,000 new school places.
The Academy, based at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus, opened in 2012 and is the UK’s only dedicated land-based academy. It has has rapidly built a reputation as the place to be for budding rural entrepreneurs.
It combines academic study at GCSE and A Level with a strong emphasis on Business Enterprise as well as land-based, environmental and rural sustainability themes. Students can also take advantage of the extra-curricula activities on offer, with choices including horse riding, horse care, Zoo Club, game bird management, farm duties and a range of countryside and conservation pastimes.
“The Rural Enterprise Academy is an inspired idea which is the result of a partnership between South Staffordshire College, recognised by official figures from the Data Service as the most successful in the area, the National Farmers’ Union and global environmental services company Veolia. It represents a collaboration of skills and experience which would be hard to replicate and we believe our students will reap the benefits of an education system that will distinguish them from their peer group”, said Lorraine Makin.
Natalie Evans, Director of New Schools Network, added “The Rural Enterprise Academy 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.”
For parents and students wanting to find out more about The Rural Enterprise Academy the next Open Evening is on Monday 24th November from 6pm to 8pm.