East End parents asked if they want a new free primary school

Parents are being asked if they would be interested in sending their children to an independent free primary State school to be set up in London’s deprived East End.

It would be run outside local authority control by the Constable Educational Trust which is looking at Tower Hamlets and neighbouring Hackney as possible areas of expansion.

Trust chairman Richard Simmons said: “We are convinced we can use our experience to widen parents’ choices in East London.”

The trust, which has 17 years’ experience setting up and running Moat School in Fulham, plans to leaflet parents at play groups and nurseries in the East End from Tuesday. It is looking for a suitable site and has targeted East London as an area they believe will have a demand for more primary places in September next year.

If there is demand, the new school would be mainstream and support academic attainment. Children would be taught the National Curriculum and modern languages, as well as Latin, sports, ICT and arts.

The trust has set up a website to register interest: www.cetrust.net