Derby County manager Nigel Clough opens the Derby Pride Academy free school
WHEN Derby Pride Academy opened its doors last September in temporary accommodation, it was one of the smallest schools in the city, with only five pupils.
It has now moved to a new home in Orient Way, Pride Park, its numbers have risen to 20 and last night it was officially opened by Derby County manager Nigel Clough – accompanied by Rams players and club officials.
The academy is one of the Government's free schools and has been set up to provide alternative education for young people excluded from mainstream schools, or in danger of becoming so.
Eventually, it will be able to provide education for up to 50 pupils, as and when needed, and is aimed at young people who are capable of achieving level-two qualifications such as GCSEs.
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Free schools can be set up by anyone but they have to be approved by the Government and funding is given directly to them according to pupil numbers and needs. Head teacher Neil Jamieson said: "Ours is a specialist provision which is available to all schools if they wish to use it.
"We are linked with the NHS, Derby City Council, Ivy House Special School, the University of Derby and Derby County."