Discovery Schools Academy Trust (DSAT) is applying to the Department for Education to establish a new 210 place primary Free School with Pre-School and Specialist Education provision in the South Leicestershire Area.

The Department for Education is seeking to open new mainstream free schools in areas where there is a need for additional school places. It is forecasted by the Local Authority that there will be an increasing need for primary school places in the Kibworth/South Leicestershire locality which we believe we can meet by establishing a new free school. We would seek to open a new free school that has onsite pre-school and specialist education provision.

Our Trust has proven track record of opening and establishing successful new schools and wishes to open a new free school in the South Leicestershire area for the benefit of local children.

Further updates will be posted here in due course. In the meantime feel free to contact us at freeschool@discoveryschoolstrust.org.uk with your comments.

Community Engagement Events

We are holding a series of community engagement events where we will be discussing our proposal and taking feedback from the community to help inform our application to the Government.  These events are open to all and we do hope you can come along.

Monday 4th November 6pm – 8pm & Wednesday 6th November 1pm - 3pm

Both sessions will be held at Kibworth CofE Primary School, Hillcrest Ave, Kibworth, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicester LE8 0NH

Our Vision

In DSAT we believe that every child and adult in our school community should have limitless learning opportunities.  We also have the conviction that every child can succeed, and our schools work hard to ensure our children can discover their potential.  Our new school will include a pre-school provision to ensure our children have the very best start to their education.  We also plan to have a specialist provision for those children who may need specialist teaching to fulfil their potential.  Our specialist provision will be fully inclusive for those pupils who attend and be integrated throughout all areas of school life.

The compelling values that drive our work are accompanied by excellent pedagogy, vibrant curriculum models, responsible governance and accountability. We thrive to attain excellent standards of pedagogy throughout all our schools under our core values of integrity, improvement, connectivity, altruism and democracy. The trust has established systems and practice models based on this ethos which is shared with all our communities including parents, carers and agencies that also work with the children and young people in our schools.

Effective leadership is at the heart of a school's improvement journey, through informed support to ensure that curriculum and teaching remains of the highest standard.  This new school will be included in our networks with our existing staff to focus on pupil outcomes, pupil enrichment, curriculum design, assessment and innovation.   We aim to open the school with before and after school care to support working parents and would form a school advisory board at the earliest opportunity to seek community views and parent voice.

Achieving Exceptional Teaching and Learning

All our schools work in close collaboration and follow a teaching and learning framework to ensure the teaching and learning builds on the very best practice and research available.  It provides a framework for professional reflection and evaluation to ensure that all professionals are leaders of learning within school.

The aim of this strategy is to:

  • Help every learner within the trust write their own learning script.
  • To enable them to paint new pictures of themselves every day.
  • To empower them to believe in themselves; to develop self-efficacy.
  • To create the confidence to deal with setbacks while remaining hopeful and optimistic.
  • To become positive contributors to society.
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Providing a rich and varied Curriculum

The aim of all schools in our trust is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.  There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding.  Each school promotes a curriculum that intends to ensure that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain and that they are responsible and proactive learners.

Each of our schools provide highly inclusive environments where learners enjoy their education.  Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged, encouraged to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities.  Those who find learning more difficult are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

Each school focuses on curriculum development, that is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable knowledge and skills. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student to find strengths and interests.

Sport has a high profile within the trust, and pupils are introduced to a variety of competitive tournaments. These also give pupils the opportunity to participate with pupils from schools across Leicestershire.  Traditional sports such as netball and football are complimented by cricket, golf, running, athletics, tag rugby, dance, gymnastics and seasonal swimming tournaments.  Giving sport a focus across the trust has engaged many children including children with SEN.

We expect our schools to excel in the arts – providing quality opportunities for pupils to share their creative talents.  There are annual art events, such as a trust art gallery set up in the heart of Leicester City, dance competitions and more recently the trust has become a partner with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The new school can expect to have the full core offer of extended school provision. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs give learners an opportunity to access a wide variety of experiences after school hours and during lunch times which enhance the curriculum.

High quality visits and visitors are also well designed to enhance the curriculum, these experiences broaden children’s horizons and aspirations. Schools are encouraged to broaden children’s horizons through the use of partnership working and links with organisations across the world, such as ASHA, the trust’s charity which it supports.

The DSAT curriculum core offer will support the school to establish a proven curriculum and time to evolve it to meet the needs of the community. Each school has autonomy and the freedom to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of local children, whilst also providing them with the skills and knowledge that all children are entitled to learn. This ensures all children in the trust experience a broad range of challenges, experiences, locations, inspirations within their school’s curriculum.

FAQs

Admissions

It is anticipated that the new school would follow the trust admission policy. This would be informed by community feedback to ensure it meets local need.

Recruitment

The trust would seek to recruit the very best staff and teachers. Inn addition, the trust would also draw on its wider workforce to ensure experienced and expertise of support was available.

Location

The location of the proposed school would be determined by the Department for Education.

Pre-School and Specialist Provision

We would seek to open the school with onsite pre-school provision for the benefit of the local community. We aim to work with the Local Authority to incorporate a 10-place Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Resource Base at the school.

Governance

The school would follow the trust’s Governance strategy, having its own Advisory Board made up of local stakeholders.

Contact Details

freeschool@discoveryschoolstrust.org.uk

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