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Parents told of plans for Wac Arts free school in Belsize Park

18:00 05 February 2014

Students outside Wac Arts college at the Old Hampstead Town Hall, where the free school will be based. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Students outside Wac Arts college at the Old Hampstead Town Hall, where the free school will be based. Picture: Nigel Sutton

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A free school due to open in September has held its first public consultation about how children will be taught.

The Wac Arts Free School, based at the Wac Arts college at the Old Hampstead Town Hall in Haverstock Hill, will teach about 60 pupils aged 14 to 19 who have failed to thrive in mainstream education.

A small group of parents gathered at the college on Friday to learn about the free school’s plan to offer arts and media-centric education and to ask questions about the plans.

Many raised concerns about how their own children have struggled in mainstream schools and said they felt the free school’s creative approach and alternative curriculum would suit their child better.

The next public consultation will be held on Friday, March 21.

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