The headteacher of a newly-formed Free School has expressed his excitement ahead of its opening next month.
David Castles held a successful parent and student day at Heyford Park Free School last month.
A total of 62 secondary school pupils start at the school on September 4 and will be studying the core subjects of maths, English and science as well as music, art and a foreign language.
It starts a new chapter at the former US air base in Upper Heyford and Mr Castles said: “This is a hugely exciting time for me and the team of staff we have at the school. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to set up a really good school from scratch and give the children a wonderful opportunity.”
The newly-appointed staffing team includes Catherine Hayward, who will be director of learning for early years foundation stage, Dr Anna Russell, who will be director of learning for science, Jeremy Hobbs, director of learning for literacy and James Dolling, director of learning for numeracy.
Mr Castles said: “We are delighted to have attracted such a high calibre team of teachers who are both talented and well qualified. They have a broad range of educational experience essential for our first year, but they also have experience as subject leaders and heads of departments.”
Free schools are non-selective, state-funded schools set up by parent, teacher, community or charity groups in response to what the local community says it needs.
The Department of Education authorised the school’s status on July 13 of last year after a proposal was put forward by the Heyfordian School Trust, a group made of parents, members of the community, educational experts and local business leaders including The Dorchester Group.