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Tyndale’s reception class starts its year
9:30am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
CHILDREN started at Oxford’s first free school yesterday.
An unconfirmed number of four-year-old reception pupils began settling into their new classrooms at Tyndale Community School, off Barracks Lane in Cowley.
But by Monday the full 34 pupils are due to start at the school. School spokesman John Cunningham said: “There are just a few children going in day by day at the moment.
“We are drip feeding the opening so children at four years old are not too daunted.
“The full opening will be on Monday.”
The school declined to say how many pupils started or how the first day went.
Tyndale Community School was opened by Chapel Street Community Schools Trust and Oxford Community Church.
The school teaches only reception this year and is to grow year on year for the next seven years until this year’s pupils reach Year Six, leader of Oxford Community Church, Steve Jones, said.
The free school is only the third in Oxfordshire and is planned to expand to 400 pupils by 2019.
Free schools are government funded but outside local authority control – set up by community groups or parents.
It is open to all faiths but will have a Christian ethos.
It was set up in the building of the former Lord Nuffield Club, a sports and social club which has been empty for four years.
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