West Reading Education Network have joined forces with CfBT Schools Trust to create a new Secondary Free School - our application was successful!

There are not enough secondary school places in Central West Reading. We are working with the community to create a school that serves its needs.

The location we propose for the new school is the former Elvian School site which was previously home to Presentation College for 65 years. We will update you on the progress of this campaign.

If your child is in a local primary school, then Get Involved to see how you can help make this happen.

We’re celebrating! High Court judge rules that Planning Inspector’s recommendation to build a school on the Elvian/Presentation College site must stand.

The WREN group is popping corks after hearing yesterday that the Judge at the 4th June High Court Appeal agreed with the Planning Inspector’s December 2013 recommendation that the Elvian/Presentation College site on the Bath Road should be home to a school, as well as houses. Building developers, Taylor Wimpey, opposed the Planning Inspector’s decision as they wanted the whole site for houses, ignoring the community’s need for a school. This resulted in the Public Inquiry of 2013 and yesterday’s happy ruling that the site should be used for educational as well as residential use.

WREN (West Reading Education Network) discussed in the House of Commons when Alok Sharma MP calls on the Secretary of State for Education to back The Wren School

The Wren School is being mentioned in high places after Alok Sharma MP showed his continuing support for the proposed new West Reading secondary school by asking Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to support the WREN team’s request for Single Academy Trust status.

Pete Ruhemann

Today the WREN team were saddened to hear of the passing of Reading Borough Council's Chair of the planning committee, Pete Ruhemann. Cllr Ruhemann played a pivotal role in the campaign to keep the former Elvian School site for educational purposes and the whole community owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work and dedication as a Southcote councillor for nearly 30 years. Our thoughts are with his wife Jo, their family and friends.

May Update

Things may seem quiet in the world of Wren, but we’re extremely busy working away in the background and remain committed to getting our school open, on time.

February Parents' Evenings: Great response from the community – Thank you from WREN!

This month was really busy for WREN, as we visited some local primary schools in our catchment area. Our grateful thanks to all the Headteachers and their staff who made us welcome, gave us space and directed parents to us.

We haven’t finalised the figures yet, but over 100 parents/carers registered interest for their children to join The Wren School, with a total of over 150 children between them. These figures are really important to the campaign, as we have to continually demonstrate to the Department for Education that demand for the school is growing.

Your community needs you!

Please give WREN one hour of your time at parents’ evenings

To make opening The Wren School in September 2015 a reality, we need to prove to the Department for Education that the community needs this school. We do this by getting parents & carers to register interest for their child(ren) to join.

The Wren School is being built for the community and we’re asking for parents and carers in the community to help by giving an hour or two at parents’ evenings at these schools:

Admissions Policy

We’re happy to be able to publish our draft Admissions Policy. Further policies will follow as they become available. Parents and the local community will be consulted on this and other policies during the formal consultation process, once we have secured our site. Please see FAQs for more information.

Press Release

Taylor Wimpey’s legal challenge to the Planning Inspector’s decision to use majority of Elvian site for education is a delaying tactic which puts profits over the needs of the children of our community say WREN.
Taylor Wimpey, one of the largest housing developers in the UK, announced a legal challenge to the Planning Inspector’s decision that the majority of the Elvian site should be used for educational use, not houses.

Wren policies update

We are working on various policies for the Wren School which we will publish here as they become ready. The Admissions Policy was approved by our education partner (CfBT) some time ago and we are awaiting Reading Borough Council's sign-off before we can go live.

We'll keep you updated of progress.

End of year update from WREN

WREN (West Reading Education Network) 2013 end-of-year update
Season’s greetings to all supporters,


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