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Plans to move private school to Scunthorpe are put on hold

The Focus School was due to relocate from Cottingham to the former Lloyds Bank mortgage centre building in Scunthorpe last month

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The former Lloyds mortgage centre on Kingway in Scunthorpe, where the fee-paying Focus faith school was originally due to relocate last month

After 14 years, the Focus School at Cottingham was due to relocate last month (September).

The site earmarked was the mortgage centre on the town’s Kingsway which closed down five years with the loss of 185 jobs.

But Matt Phillips, the regional principal for the Focus Learning Trust, said: "We are in the process of completing designs and lay-outs for the refurbishment and unfortunately, we were not able to have them completed in time for the new school year."

The school owners at the Northmoor Education Trust had planned last month to transfer 110 pupils, aged from seven to 18, and 24 members of staff to Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe had been chosen as a more centralised location for the school, which also takes in pupils from Lincoln and Grimsby.

The two-storey centre on the Kingsway was to be redesigned to accommodate classrooms and a sports hall.

The intention was to make the new campus more open-plan than at Cottingham.

The Focus School is affiliated to the Plymouth Brethren Church.

The church states: "Schools follow the national curriculum in their local region and wherever possible utilise the assessment/examination programme that accords a recognised and accredited certification.

"The key focus is on developing strong understanding and skills in literacy and numeracy, with each student becoming accustomed to a curriculum with rigor and flexibility that inspires intrinsic motivation.

"Professional, qualified and trained teachers apply the curriculum to varied learning styles, especially empowering students to be self-directed in their organisational approach to learning.

"Continuous curriculum development and differentiation for individual student needs ensures all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

"There is an emphasis on the student having a broad scope of opportunities, which includes the learning areas of health and physical exercise, music, product design and technology, information technology, art and foreign languages.

"To enable students to become lifelong learners, there is a distinct emphasis on the appreciation of values, the environmental and the personal development of high order thinking skills and self-directed learning."

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