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After months of high anticipation, the first secondary school in Ongar for a quarter of a century has officially opened the doors to its first set of pupils.

As children returned to other schools around Epping Forest yesterday (September 7), 120 year seven pupils started for the first time at the Ongar Academy, one of 52 new free schools to open around the country.

The school in The Gables is the first in Ongar since the Ongar Comprehensive School closed in 1989, forcing local children to endure long bus journeys to schools outside of the town.

The academy opened yesterday after a dedicated project from experienced teachers, local parents and grandparents to meet education need in the area.

When at full capacity 800 pupils will be taught at the school, which specialises in the ‘STEM’ subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

“We are here to inspire excellence in all we do and I am so pleased to see the finished buildings being used for the first time.”

After months of high anticipation, the first secondary school in Ongar for a quarter of a century has officially opened the doors to its first set of pupils.

As children returned to other schools around Epping Forest yesterday (September 7), 120 year seven pupils started for the first time at the Ongar Academy, one of 52 new free schools to open around the country.

The school in The Gables is the first in Ongar since the Ongar Comprehensive School closed in 1989, forcing local children to endure long bus journeys to schools outside of the town.

The academy opened yesterday after a dedicated project from experienced teachers, local parents and grandparents to meet education need in the area.

When at full capacity 800 pupils will be taught at the school, which specialises in the ‘STEM’ subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

“We are here to inspire excellence in all we do and I am so pleased to see the finished buildings being used for the first time.”

Reach Academy Feltham welcomed BBC London today as the first cohort of pupils from the school achieved a great set of GCSE results. A third of the cohort got 5 A*-A grades and six pupils achieved a new grade 9 in either English or Maths, which is higher than an A*.  

Secondary Headteacher, Rebecca Cramer, said: “We are thrilled with pupils’ results and pay tribute to their hard work and to the support of their parents and teachers.”

We are so proud of all of the pupils and their achievements and thank the staff, the pupils and their families for all their hard work over the past 5 years. We can’t wait for our first set of A Level results! We are actively recruiting for sixth form places now, ready for a September start. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.


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