Cringle Brook FAQs


What are Free Schools?

Free Schools are state-funded schools which are independent of Local Authority control. They are established by groups of teachers, parents and business people who want to match a community’s particular needs and preferences with what a school has to offer. They have to meet with all the same regulations as other state-funded schools and are OFSTED inspected. Pupil places at Free Schools are free of charge to parents.


How much funding does a Free School receive?

Free Schools receive the same amount of per pupil funding as other state-funded schools. However, they receive their funding directly from the DfE rather than via the Local Authority.


How does a parent apply for a place for their child at a Free School?

See our Admissions page.


How is it decided which pupils are offered a place at Free Schools and what happens in the case of over-subscription?

Cringle Brook Community Primary School has an Admissions Policy, which will be agreed with the DfE in due course. The Admissions Policy ensures that children of all abilities, faiths, social and cultural backgrounds are admitted to the school, in line with our vision and ethos and with DfE requirements. The Admissions Policy also includes a set of rules which have to be followed in the case of oversubscription.


Will Cringle Brook Primary be selective?

The new school will welcome primary aged children of all abilities, faiths, social and cultural backgrounds. Places will be offered to children with EAL and SEN, as well as to children from different religious and social backgrounds.


Will Cringle Brook Community Primary School be included in the school performance tables?

Pupils at Cringle Brook Community Primary School will be entered for the end of KS1 and KS2 and KS2 SATs in the same way as pupils in Local Authority schools. The school’s results will appear in the school league tables.


Who will be able to attend Cringle Brook Primary School?

Children aged 4-11 living in the surrounding areas will be able to attend the school, once it is at capacity. Our Admissions Policy will be the same as those of the other two schools within our Trust, Ladybarn Primary and Green End Primary  ad will comply with the Government’s Admission Code.


What age group will the school cater for?

Our demand survey for the application revealed a need for primary places. This supports the data we have received from Manchester Council Education. We will be opening with a class of Reception pupils, expanding upwards one year group at a time to cater for the children as they move up the school.


How many children will there be per class?

Our current budget is based on classes of 30 pupils.


How big will the school be?

In September 2014 the school will take in 30 pupils in total in Reception and 30 pupils in Year 1. Our aim within the first six years is to reach a Primary capacity of 210 pupils.


Can you tell us about your teaching staff?

Teachers at Cringle Brook Community Primary School will be fully qualified and paid according to the National Pay Scales for Teachers. They will have the same pension and union rights as teachers in Local Authority schools. Support and ancillary staff will be fully qualified and paid in line with Manchester City Council Salary Scales. They will have the same pension rights as staff members in Local Authority schools. All staff at the school will be recruited through an open and fair recruitment process and will be required to undergo enhanced DBSB checks.


What else is important to your school?

We are striving for excellence in both academic achievement and pastoral care for our local community. Our children will be confident, independent learners who have been given the chance to fulfil their potential in a calm, nurturing environment. We have made a commitment not to forget the community that our school will serve.


Can you tell us about your school curriculum?

Our curriculum will be broad and balanced with an emphasis on numeracy and literacy. It will be largely subject-based but children will be encouraged to make connections between the different areas of learning. All pupils will learn a modern foreign language from Year 3 upwards. Teaching will be of the highest quality and children will be involved in their own learning, being made aware of the objectives set for each lesson. There will be a rigorous assessment structure in place to ensure children are making the progress we expect and so we can promptly identify and address any concerns which may arise.


What is your policy on behaviour?

We will have a strong emphasis on good behaviour. Our children will be expected to respect others in the school community and to show care and consideration to their peers and to value their community. We believe children will learn if they feel happy and secure whilst at school.


If you have any questions not answered above please Contact Us. We will then add these questions here so that all who are interested can benefit.