Youth charity in talks about opening secondary school

A youth charity is in talks with Hounslow Council about setting up a free school for vulnerable young people.

EuroPeace Youth , an Acton-based charity which provides advocacy, training and other support for young people at risk, has submitted a proposal to the Government to open an ‘alternative provision’ secondary free school in the borough by September 2015.

A council spokesman said it had held preliminary talks with the charity about its plans for the school, which would cater for those who struggle to engage in mainstream settings.

The charity, which provides support for unaccompanied asylum seekers and trafficked children, among other young people, said it was too early to comment about its plans.

Free schools are independent from government control and can be set up by anyone, including teachers or parents.

Hounslow is already home to two free schools: Reach Academy, in Feltham , and theNishkam School West London, in Isleworth .

The Rise school for children with autism is set to open this September in Feltham and there are also plans for two new free schools in Brentford: The Green School for Boys , and another proposed by David Cameron’s former head of policy.

An extra 4,070 secondary school places are needed in the borough across all years by 2019/20, Hounslow Council has estimated.

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