It’s official! We have our funding agreement.

Today, we received final confirmation from Katherine Cowell – Regional Schools Commissioner for the North – of our funding agreement. This means that the Secretary of State has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with XP School Trust. We are now officially approved to open on August 31st this year, with our first cohort of 50 students.

The Local Authority have also been informed and arrangements will now be made to officially transfer the places over to our school for our 50 students. We will also soon be in touch with those families that were not successful.

We would like to thank the whole community of Gateshead for their support in helping us to get to this stage. It seems like a long time ago that we first met with families in the Jury’s Inn in November 2019. We would not be where we are now without the support of families across Gateshead, Gateshead Council, New Schools Network, our colleagues in XP School Trust and also our colleagues in schools across Gateshead and beyond too.