CHARLOTTE Church will teach children after plans to turn her £2.5million home into a school got given the green light. The singer had battled neighbou
CHARLOTTE Church will teach children after plans to turn her £2.5million home into a school got given the green light.
The singer had battled neighbours to transform the mansion into a free private school for 20-pupil classrooms.
But Charlotte, 33, has been given the go-ahead for her plans in the plush village of Dinas Powys in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.
The school will be non fee-paying and will educate children aged between nine and 12.
Former child star Charlotte, who home schools her own children Ruby, 11, and Dexter, 10, wants to “liberate” kids and give them freedom over what they learn.
Pupils would study for qualifications such as GCSEs and BTECs, but Charlotte says the school would “still have lots of creative freedom”.
Welsh is not currently planned to be taught as a subject – but the pupils would learn the language in a ‘Welsh kitchen’.
FEARS FOR CHILDREN
But the plans have been met with fury by well-heeled locals who claim they are worried for the welfare of the pupils.
One said: “She has no educational background or track record in managing a school.”
Another raised concerns of traffic building up in the area – with a councillor claiming the road was unsuitable for children to walk along because of the danger of large vehicles.
But Vale of Glamorgan councillors overruled them after seeing plans for parents to park at a nearby bowls club.
The school opened two months ago with the first year housed in a temporary two story annex of Charlotte’s home before a permanent site is found.
Charlotte said previously she would accept children from “all walks of life”.
The singer added: “Since I’ve had kids I have become much more interested in education and child development.
“We started looking at schools and different mainstream options available to us.
“It started to become apparent that mainstream is struggling with underfunding and overcrowding – teachers are incredibly tested.”
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The popstar said she visited Sands in Devon and private school Eton for a “massive research mission” before opening the doors at her own establishment.
She explained: “We’re trying to create something really based on all the evidence – everything we know about how humans learn best, at what stage do children’s brains develop to take in different types of information.
“We see a lot of people feeling completely disengaged or don’t feel that they have a voice, or that their voice matters.”