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NUF And Kenton Multi Academy Trust To Open Free School

A partnership between Newcastle United Foundation and Kenton Multi Academy Trust has been given the green light from the Department for Education to open a new Free School in the city.

United West Academy (UWA), offering Alternative Provision for pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4, is among the latest schools to be approved by the government and is set to open its doors in September 2017.

The Magpie’s official charity joined forces with Kenton Multi Academy Trust, which already operates Kenton School and Studio West in Newcastle, to provide pupils who are not attending or achieving in mainstream school a different kind of educational experience.

United West Academy will offer smaller class sizes, vocational learning, enhanced pastoral support, work experience and high quality careers advice. Crucially, the partnership with Newcastle United Foundation, will use the Newcastle United brand and the power of football throughout the curriculum to engage, inspire and motivate young people to achieve their goals.

The new school will initially open its doors to 50 pupils in September 2017, taking referrals from schools across the city and beyond. By September 2019 the UWA will cater for 90 pupils.

United West Academy’s overall aim is reduce the number of young people in Newcastle who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) by providing intensive support to those who need it most.

The joint venture with Kenton Multi Academy Trust builds on the Foundation’s existing work in local secondary schools through programmes such as Five-a-side and the Enterprise Academy. In 2016/17 the charity has also committed to work with 280 primary schools throughout the region.

Head of Foundation Kate Bradley said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to open United West Academy with Kenton Multi Academy Trust. Young people in this city are passionate about their football club and we in turn are passionate about supporting them.

“We firmly believe that United West Academy will be a game changer for at risk and excluded young people in Newcastle, improving attendance, attainment and behaviour, but overall, giving them hope for the future.”

David Pearmain, Chief Executive of Kenton Schools Academy Trust, added: “We are also delighted with the news and really excited to be working with Newcastle United Foundation on this venture, whose involvement will open so many new opportunities and new motivation for young people who have previously fallen behind in their education.”

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