21 December 2017
Okehampton Primary School Application
Devon Wildlife Trust has been working alongside the recently formed Red Kite Academy Trust (Red Kite) to open the first Nature School in Okehampton, Devon.
In September Red Kite submitted applications to become a School Sponsor and to enter a competitive process administered by Devon County Council to open the school in Okehampton.
We have recently been informed that our application to become a Sponsor was unsuccessful. The reasons aren’t entirely clear, and we are seeking further clarity. Sadly, without Sponsor status we are unable to continue with our application to open the Okehampton School and have had to withdraw from the process. This has come as a huge disappointment to the Red Kite Trustees and all the Devon Wildlife Trust team who invested so much of their time and energy in this project.
Our collective passion and drive to open the very first Nature School is Devon remains very much alive. We will be learning from this temporary setback and we take much courage from the overwhelming enthusiasm we received from Okehampton communities and those from across the country who continue to be inspired by this new approach to primary education.
We would like to thank everyone who provided their enthusiasm, attended open events and were willing to write to their MPs or Devon County Council in support of the Okehampton Nature School. There is no doubt that your support strengthened our application hugely. We may not have been successful on this occasion, but the move towards promoting education through nature is growing in strength.
Red Kite is still seeking to open Nature Schools in England, and will keep its supporters well informed through this website.
05 December 2017
Following the General Election, our submission to the Department for Education continues to be delayed. We will submit our application when the opportunity to do so presents itself.
21 June 2017
The first meeting of the Red Kite Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) board took place in London.
31 May 2017
Over the last two years, a group of people from across the Wildlife Trust movement has been exploring the establishment of Nature Schools with an ethos based on learning about, and in, the natural environment. After considerable hard work, we are now able to announce the creation of the Red Kite Academy Trust.
Due to the announcement of the forthcoming General Election, our submission to the Department for Education to allow the Academy Trust to establish its first four Nature Schools has been delayed. We now expect to submit our application this autumn.
Support from the general public has been overwhelming, with the proposed schools attracting nationwide media attention during the public consultation stage. Over 150 people also came forward to offer their assistance in the governance of individual schools once these are established, or as trustees and subscribing members of the Academy Trust itself.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the last few months. I hope you will return to this web page later in the year for the latest news on Natures Schools and the Red Kite Academy Trust.
CEO, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust