Ebbsfleet Green Primary, due to open Sept 2020, celebrates signing of Funding Agreement with the Department for Education: a major milestone for the school
, a new Garden City school due to open in September 2020, is celebrating the signing of its Funding Agreement with the Department for Education: this official contract between the school and the government is a key milestone in the school’s journey to opening.
Ebbsfleet Green Primary School is part of the an educational charity catering for over 2600 pupils aged 3-11 across eight primary schools with nurseries based in London and Kent. The Trust is headed up by Nick Osborne, CEO and National Leader in Education – a title earned for his ‘exceptional’ leadership as Executive Head Teacher of Millennium, Brooklands and Timbercroft Primary Schools, a position he held prior to founding Maritime. Ebbsfleet Green Primary will serve the rapidly growing community in the new Ebbsfleet Garden City and help meet increasing demand for school places in Dartford and Gravesham, whose population is predicted to rise to 252,000 by 2031. Beginning as a one-form entry school, it will become two-form to match Ebbsfleet’s rising population. In September 2020, the school will have Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. It has already received over 100 applications for school places for the upcoming academic year.
The Funding Agreement, which is a legally binding contract between the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson and Maritime Academy Trust, sets out the terms on which this free school is funded. As part of a Multi-Academy Trust, Ebbsfleet Green Primary is a free school – funded by the government but not run by the local authority. Therefore, the Funding Agreement specifies how the academy is run, its duties and the powers that the Secretary of State has over the school.
Commenting on the event, Nick Osborne, National Leader of Education said, “As CEO of Maritime Academy Trust, I am delighted to sign the Funding Agreement with the Department for Education. This is a significant step towards the opening of our brand new community-driven school in Ebbsfleet Green – we thank all the local families who have supported our journey and we look forward to welcoming parents and children to the school in September.”