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We are working closely with the Department for Education and LocatEd to find a suitable site for the new Compton Free school. As of September 15th, a site has not been found and therefore we will not be opening the school in September 2018. It is therefore likely that the opening date will now be September 2019.

12 MAY 2017


We are working closely with the Department for Education and LocatEd to find a suitable site for the new Compton Free school. LocatEd are the government’s appointed agency whose role is to find and procure suitable sites for Free schools. We are meeting with the DfE and LocatEd regularly and have looked at a number of sites within the borough of Barnet.

As the government is now in Purdah (a period of restrictions on government business)  before the general election, were  a site to be found, the decision to purchase could not be made by ministers until after the general election on 8 June.


6 MARCH 2017

The first two months of the year have been taken up with meetings or conference calls with the Department for Education as we try to find a suitable site for the Compton Free School. No site has been secured but we have a couple of sites that we are investigating further.

In the meantime, the Compton continues to grow. In mid February we opened of our new Sixth Form block providing a purpose built building for year 12 and 13 which includes touch screen plasmas in every classroom, a study centre with PCs and laptops and a new large IT suite  



23 NOVEMBER 2016

We are extremely pleased to receive notification that our Teacher Training provision has been rated as Outstanding. by OFSTED. The Compton is the lead school in a partnership of 5 secondary schools providing teacher training on-site to new entrants to the teaching profession. Across all four categories, the Compton school and it's partner schools were rated Outstanding for the training it provided to the 19 trainee teachers.

19 OCTOBER 2016

Executive Headteacher Teresa Tunnadine and Headteacher of the Compton School, AnnMarie Mulkerins attended the FreeSchool 'Kick Off' meeting on Tuesday 18th October to discuss our next steps in opening the Free School. We have now made contact with the team at the Educational Funding Agency  who we will be working with and have a clearer idea of the 'routemap' ahead. In the meantime we continue to look for available and suitable sites in the four target postcodes.      

12 OCTOBER 2016

Our Executive Headteacher, Teresa Tunnadine attended a Free School launch event on October 12th. Nice to get feedback that the DfE were very impressed with our bid and that the DfE were particularly impressed with how many parents have supported our bid and are keeping in touch through email and twitter.
We are now in the midst of looking for suitable sites and at the moment are looking at a site on the N2/N3 borders in Finchley, a site in N3 and two possible sites in NW7, Mill Hill. 
We have met with Barnet LA and next week will be visiting one of the sites to assess it's suitability.
More news to follow


Great news - our bid has been successful!

Today we heard from the DfE that our bid to open another Compton secondary school has been successful.  

The level of support from parents at local primary schools and the local community has been fantastic with nearly 600 parents supporting our bid and we look forward to working with them and the local community as we move towards opening in 2018.

Over the coming months, the Compton School will be working alongside the DfE to secure a site and we hope to announce where the school will be located by December 2016. Once a site is secured we will then be hosting a series of public meetings for parents and residents interested in finding out more about the school.

19 JULY 2016

Free School Interview 

just back from delivering to parents at Manorside primary (our second visit)  and all feeling very positive after our Free School interview on Monday 18 July at the Department for Education which went extremely well. The panel were very impressed by our submission and in particular the marketing activity. Thank you to the 560 parents who have signed up to support us and the 700+ parents on our mailing list.  
We now await the panel's decision which we expect to receive in the first weeks of September.
Have a good summer

1 JULY 2016

Interview date confirmed
We have just received confirmation that our interview with the DfE will take place on 18th July and we will be notified whether our bid is successful by the second week in September.
More Primary School Information Evenings
6 July    3.50 Manorside Primary N3 ( plus Tudor parents invited as well)
11 July  3.40 St Mary's Primary N3
12 July  3.40 Dollis Junior School NW7

24 MAY 2016

Information Evenings confirmed
Headteacher Teresa Tunandine will be providing more information and answering questions at the following information evenings:
Tuesday 7 June,  5.30 -7.00pm  : The Hyde Primary School, Hyde Crescent NW9
Monday 13 June, 6- 7pm           : Frith Manor Primary School, Lullington Garth N12
Tuesday 14 June, 6-7pm           : Childs Hill Primary School, Dersingham Rd,
Thursday 16 June, 6.30-7.30     : Moss Hall Junior School, Moss Hall Grove, N12

10 MAY 2016

Meeting with Finchley MP Mike Freer

This week, our Headteacher Teresa Tunnadine, Senior Associate Headteacher, Annmarie Mulkerins and Chair of Governors,  Sebastian Wood were invited to the House of Commons to meet with Finchley MP, Mike Freer. The meeting was called by Mike Freer to discuss the provision of secondary school places in Barnet and also provided an opportunity for Mr Freer to personally express his support for our Free school application.

Leaflets distributed to local primary schools

Leaflets explaining our plans for the Compton Free School have been delivered to primary schools and community facilities in N3,NW2,NW7 and NW9.

Information evenings in early June

We are currently arranging an Open Evening to provide more information to the public about our free school plans. This is likely to take place at the Hyde School in Hendon in either w/c 6th of June. Further Information evenings are to be arranged in NW2, N3 and NW7. More details to follow.