New school to beat critical shortage in Harlow

A CRITICAL shortage of school places is forecast in Harlow next year. As a result, a new school is scheduled to open next September.

The Sir Frederick Gibberd College will be temporarily located next to Burnt Mill Academy on First Avenue, with the permanent location planned for Tendring Road.

An open event at the weekend gave more than 130 parents and students an insight into the curriculum and enabled them to find out about the application process. They also got the chance to meet the Head of School Dee Conlon.


Dee Conlon, Head of School.

Mrs Conlon said, “I am committed to Harlow; this is my seventh year in the town and I look forward to seeing my first cohort progress. We are working together to improve outcomes for all of our children, from early years through to sixth form.”

According to Mrs Conlon, the school will be “modern and fit for the 21st Century,” with major focuses on PE and Literacy.

Families will be keen to secure one of the 120 places after hearing about the plans from the school last weekend. For the first year, parents must apply to both BMAT for a place at Sir Frederick Gibberd, and to Essex County Council for other options.

For more information or to apply for a place in Year 7 before the October 31 deadline, contact the school on 01279 307244, or email

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Ryan Hardie

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