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Supplementary consultation

30 Aug 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

Michaela Community School has undertaken a supplementary consultation on a proposed change to its admissions criteria for admissions in September 2014.

The only change to the previously proposed admissions policy is the removal of Banded Admissions Tests. The removal of Banded Admissions Tests responds to feedback from the school’s earlier consultation where a number of stakeholders expressed concerns about the proposed admissions policy.

Applicants for a place at Michaela Community School in September 2014 will be able to apply for a place through the Brent Council’s Co-Ordinated Admissions Scheme.  Applications can made between 1stSeptember and 31st October.

Full details on how to apply to the School will be found in Brent Council’s Admissions Booklet which will be made available in September 2013.

Details of Michaela Community School’s open events can be found on our website and on the 2014 Secondary School Admissions pages of Brent Council’s website.  The Council’s website will contain full details relating to all aspects of applying for a Secondary School place during the Admissions process in September 2013.  Please see the link below.


Our revised Admissions Policy can be found here.


Full house at our first Information Event

24 Jun 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

info event

The Governors, steering group and proposed Headmistress of Michaela Community School were delighted to welcome many families and members of the local community to the school’s first Information Event, which was held at Brent Town Hall on Saturday 15th June.

There was standing room only as Katharine Birbalsingh, proposed Headmistress and Suella Fernandes, Chair of Governors, addressed the packed room. Their presentation ended with a loud round of applause as families were encouraged to make their way around the room to meet the Governors and find out more about various aspects of the school’s proposals, including the vision and ethos, curriculum, enrichment activities, admissions policy and uniform.

Suella, Chair of Governors, who was born and raised in Brent, said: “It was encouraging to meet such a large number of families at the event and we were pleased to share our exciting plans for Michaela Community School. The large number of attendees and incredibly positive feedback show that families want this traditional kind of education. We were even more delighted that many parents pledged to support the school by becoming Ambassadors, helping to spread the word and help this vision become a reality.”

She added: “Michaela will offer a completely different style of education, more aligned with the world’s leading private schools. A rigorous, traditional education comprising a highly academic curriculum, strong discipline, healthy competition and a longer school day including enrichment activities and homework sessions can now be accessed by children of all backgrounds, as there are no fees to pay. Our admissions policy includes random allocation so all children who live within a five mile radius of the site have an equal chance of gaining a place.”

Great response to mega banner

04 Jun 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

This enormous banner, which was erected for a short time to gauge response, has been a huge success.

“We are delighted with the number of prospective parents who have contacted us as a result of seeing the banner. This is just one of the many ways we are promoting the school and it’s reassuring to hear from parents who are interested in finding out more about the ethos and values of Michaela Community School” says Suella Fernandes, Chair of Governors.

An Information Event for prospective parents and members of the local community is being held on Saturday 15th June from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane Wembley HA9 9HD in Committee Rooms 1, 2 and 3. This event will provide you with an opportunity to meet the Governors, ask them questions and also listen to an address by the proposed Headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh.

Have you seen Michaela Community School’s mega banner?

29 May 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News








An enormous banner has been erected on the front of Arena House which is situated opposite Wembley Park station. The former College of North West London has been secured as the site for Michaela Community School which plans to open in September 2014.

The banner announces the opening of the school and highlights its vision and ethos:

  • Private school values
  • No fees
  • Traditional education
  • Strong discipline
  • Healthy competition
  • Longer school day
  • Enrichment activities
  • Inclusive admissions policy within a 5 mile radius.

What is a Free School?

01 May 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

Katharine Birbalsingh, founder of Michaela Community School, talks about the benefits of a Free School education along with Toby Young, founder of West London Free School and Labour MP Kate Hoey. They explain how Free Schools can make a difference to children’s education, who can apply for a place, and why community involvement is so important.

Watch the video on our Welcome page.

Meet the governors

21 Mar 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

Michaela Community School is delighted to announce its founding governing body. Each member is committed to ensuring the highest standards and best opportunities for the pupils at this new school and, through their areas of expertise, wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education in Brent.

Katharine Birbalsingh, proposed Headmistress, added “Michaela will be a school that expects excellence and only outstanding will do. We are extremely honoured to have such a talented and inspirational team behind the creation of this new school.”

Find out more about the governors here.


Get involved in setting up new Free School

15 Mar 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

Michaela Community School are looking for support in setting up a school in the Wembley area of Brent, to open in September 2014.

Great progress has already been made with their ethos and vision agreed for the school. Michaela Community School will take a traditional approach with a focus on discipline and pupils’ learning, attainment and success. Plans are in place for the curriculum, school day and extracurricular aspects too.

We are currently looking for parents, teachers and community members who are interested in being involved in the creation of the school. Those interested will be invited to join the steering group and become School Ambassadors to help spread the word and shape this new school.

Dr Tony Sewell, Governor of Enterprise said: “The steering group is calling for local parents and interested parties to show their support and let us know what they want and need from a new school. It’s their support that will make this vision become a reality.”

Tony added: “We would also like to hear from those who have a professional background in areas such as finance, education, ICT, business and human resources. It is important that the school is reflective of this locality so, where possible, we would like to access the expertise needed to make this school a reality from this within the area.”

Michaela Community School will be a mixed community secondary school for pupils aged 11-18 of all backgrounds offering excellent, traditional education. It will also include a longer school day which will incorporate extracurricular activities and a competitive environment, both in academic and sporting endeavours.

To find out more about the many ways you can get involved please contact the school on 0845 257 5070 or info@mcsbrent.co.uk

Have your say on our proposed school

11 Mar 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

People in Wembley are being given an opportunity to give their views on what the proposed Michaela Community School will offer; and to help shape the new school.

The Michaela Community School Trust are holding a consultation, from 11th March to 22nd April 2013, on their plans for the school which is proposed to open in September 2014.

They would like to meet local people and share their vision for the school at two drop-in events on 26th March 3-5pm and on 4th April 6-8pm in the Powell Suite at the Chalk Hill Community Centre near to Arena House, the school site.

Neil Mahapatra, Chair of Governors, said: “We hope our school will help meet increasing demand for school places in this growing community. Our drive for children’s success in all areas will be at the heart of what we do and we want to hear from what people want from their new school. We want their input and support to make the school a real success.”

If you would like to share your views, you can fill in the online questionnaire or e-mail consultation@mcsbrent.co.uk to register your views.

The consultation will close on Monday, 22nd April 2013.

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Stay up-to-date with the school’s progress

11 Mar 2013, Posted by website administrator in Latest News

A new monthly e-newsletter has been created to keep the local community abreast of all the latest developments, news and events at Michaela Community School.

You can sign up to the school’s e-newsletter by sending us your details via the online e-newsletter form here.

You can also join the school’s online community on Facebook where progress updates will be announced as well as events, admissions, recruitment and other school news.

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