New College of the Humanities and Bellevue Education Group have submitted an application to open a Free School in 2014

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‘New School of the Humanities’ will be an 11-18 secondary free school in the London Borough of Camden

Professor A C Grayling

New School of the Humanities will provide a thorough grounding in the curriculum while allowing students to develop as imaginative and well-rounded individuals

New College of the Humanities (NCH) today (19 January 2013) announces that it has made an application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open a Free School in 2014.

The New School of the Humanities (NSH) – founded by the New College of Humanities and Bellevue Education Group – will be an 11-18 secondary, co-educational free school for students of all backgrounds.

As required of all state-funded schools, the curriculum taught at NSH will be broad and balanced. The curriculum focus – which will involve developing a Centre of Excellence in the Humanities – will extend through Key Stage 4 to the sixth-form where a variety of humanities subjects will be available at AS and A2 Level together with a core curriculum including scientific literacy.

Professor A C Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said:

“Personal enrichment is a highly important educational value, and New School of the Humanities will provide a thorough grounding in the curriculum while allowing students to develop as imaginative and well-rounded individuals. We are each neighbours, friends, travellers, readers; we need to be aware of the story of humankind, its problems and possibilities, the debates and discoveries that have shaped it, and how they can be part of our own lives.

“New School of the Humanities will address these needs by offering a richly formative education with genuine breadth and depth.”

With a rising school-age population and the raising of the participation age to 18, the proposed school will add to the educational excellence in Camden while increasing choice and diversity for parents, carers and students. NSH students will also benefit from smaller class sizes. The intention is to open with 100 students in Year 7 in 2014 and, when full in 2020, there will eventually be up to 740 students on roll.

Mark Malley, Chief Executive of Bellevue Education Group, said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with New College of the Humanities for this application to open a school in Camden. Bellevue schools provide a world-class education with broad curriculums that encourage independence of thought and a love of learning. The New School of the Humanities will have a humanities-focused curriculum, enabling students to become well-educated individuals with a profound appreciation of the society in which they live.

“Bellevue Education believes that parental choice in education is hugely important and we are looking forward to providing families in Camden with this new, innovative school.”

NCH and Bellevue Education Group expect to hear from the DfE in May 2013 as to whether the application has been successful.

For further information, please contact:
Amy MacLaren, Alex Bevis or Thea Warren at Four Colman Getty
T: 0870 626 9000 | E: nch(at)fourcolmangetty(dot)com

Notes to Editors

About Bellevue Education Group

Bellevue Education Group owns and operates eight schools in the UK and two international boarding schools in Switzerland. It is opening a free school in Balham this September.
Bellevue Education is committed to excellence in education. Each Bellevue school is run independently but shares the same values: we believe in broad curricula delivered in innovative ways that excite and engage children; we believe in investment – in teachers, buildings, and technology; and we believe that exceptional results should be a by-product of the education that we offer, not the exclusive focus.

We recruit the best teachers and head teachers and make sure that they are fully supported with innovative resources, shared best practice and focused training. We involve parents in their children’s education with regular meetings and written reports, but also with head teacher blogs, email newsletters and even text messages alerting parents to sports fixtures. Most importantly, we treat every child as an individual with their own unique set of talents.
Bellevue pupils are encouraged to aim high, and we provide them with everything they need to succeed.

About New College of the Humanities

New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our Professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.
NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The College has recently announced that the Politics & International Relations BSc will also be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. These comprise four modules from another degree subject or Politics as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

In 2012, NCH made offers of full Scholarships, or generous Exhibitions to over 30% of applicants.
Scholarships are means-tested and cover the full cost of tuition over a three-year degree. These are awarded on academic merit, and students applying for these places will need excellent academic potential.

Exhibitions are based solely on academic excellence and the potential for a student to excel during their time at NCH. All students applying to NCH are automatically assessed for an Exhibition. Exhibition students pay £7,200 per year, a fee lower than that charged by many UK institutions.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. The next application deadline is Monday 21 January 2013.

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