Harris Clapham Sixth Form

Harris Clapham Sixth Form is a 16-19 free school located in Lambeth. The school is part of the Harris Federation and has capacity for 600 pupils across Years 12 and 13. Harris Clapham Sixth Form offers a Level 3 curriculum package which focuses on A-level and vocational courses. Students also benefit from a first-class enrichment and personal social/health curriculum and the school puts emphasis on developing students’ leadership skills.

BOA Stage & Screen Production

BOA Stage & Screen Production is a 16-19 free school located in Birmingham. The school, which opened in 2021, is part of the BOA Group and is a sister academy to Birmingham Ormiston Academy a 14–19 academy. BOA Stage & Screen Production provides an industry-led approach to developing the skills and experience of young people who are passionate about working in film, TV, online and theatre production.

Bucking the trend: the state school where disadvantaged pupils continue to defy the odds despite COVID-19

Operational Headteacher, Ben Webster said, “After the uncertainty and disruption of the last two years it has been fantastic to see our students get the grades they worked hard for and thoroughly deserve. While the performance tables are not operating this year, we are proud that our grades are in line with previous years and reflect our usual year-on-year improvement in results”.

Recruiting your Principal Designate: Pre-employment checks

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 09:03

Once you have selected your preferred candidate, you now need to make a conditional offer and carry out the associated pre-employment checks.

This guidance describes the information you should provide in your conditional offer and lists the checks that must be carried out, when in the process these should be done and where the information should be sent or stored.

Recruiting your Principal Designate: Example assessment exercise

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 09:00

Recruiting your Principal Designate is one of the most crucial aspects of pre-opening. As part of the selection process, you need to ensure that your potential candidates has the knowledge, expertise and characteristics needed to guide a school through pre-opening and in the early years while the school fills to capacity.

NSN Director: "Fantastic news that another specialist maths free school will be opening"

"It is fantastic news that another specialist maths free school will be opening, the first to do so in Yorkshire. The University of Leeds will join the likes of Kings College London, the University of Exeter and more recently the University of Liverpool to provide their world-class expertise to sixth-form students.

SCAP 2020

Submitted by elliotclark-james on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:53

As part of the free school application process, it is important to have an understanding of how your proposed school will impact on the existing provision in your area. In previous waves, demonstrating basic need for a new school has been a key requirement. This resource outlines a variety of resources that applicants can use to build a basic need case for their chosen area and explains how to interpret the school capacity (SCAP) data tables.

Free school resource bank

Submitted by elliotclark-james on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:50

Planning your free school proposal may feel daunting. We have aimed to simplify this process by collating a range of guidance available from the Department for Education (DfE) and other sources. This resource includes a list of documents intended to help groups who are applying to open a primary, secondary or 16-19 mainstream free school.

CAPA College

CAPA College is a 16-19 school in Wakefield. It opened in 2018 and is part of the Enhance Academy Trust. CAPA College provides full time arts training and education for its students, helping to train and educate the next generation of performers, creatives, designers and technicians. The school provides students with intensive practical training alongside the rigour of academic arts study. This combination of professional training and academia ensures that students develop the skills, training, experience, knowledge, understanding and qualifications to progress to higher education.