In this edifying sofa discussion, school teacher David Perks tells us why, with a group of passionate teachers, he is setting up a science ‘free school’ in East London. What is key, he argues, is the need to challenge the pervasive low expectations we have for young people’s ability to learn. Comparable with the best public schools in the country, his school promises to offer: specialist teachers with a passion for their subject; the English baccalaureate; intensive mornings and practical afternoons; homework in school and more. With extraordinary ambitions to open the door to young people in the East End based on ‘line of site’ proximity to the school, his school will be a first in giving many young people the chance to win a place at the best universities to study science. The litmus test for success he tells us will be how many of his students make an impact on the world. His compelling case leaves discussants more than a little inspired. WORLDwrite is delighted to announce its support for this unique and aspirational venture.