EC Harris has won contracts to work on three of the government’s flagship free schools
EC Harris has won contracts to work on three of the government’s flagship free schools, including journalist Toby Young’s free school in west London.
The consultant will provide educational advice, recruit staff and set up the governance for Young’s free school; help with the business case for the I-Foundation Hindu primary school in Leicester; and design the King’s Science Academy in Bradford.
Simon Lucas, head of education at EC Harris, said the King’s Science Academy was also employing architect HOK and planning consultant RPS Group on its scheme, which will use existing buildings.
“It’s being developed in empty units on an industrial estate, near industrial office buildings,” he said.
He said the teams helping the schools had experience of setting up about 20 academies.
Lucas said the parent groups founding the schools were finding the task daunting. “They are discovering just how hard it will be,” he said.
The contracts all start immediately and are expected to finish in September 2011, the target date for the opening of the government’s first 16 free schools.
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