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NSN News
Mon 1 September 2014

80 new free schools will open this month, joining the 174 already open across England. These new schools bring the number of pupils educated in free schools up to 43,000 and New Schools Network believe that by May next year there will be a total of 400 schools approved to open.

Read the full article from The Independent here.

NSN News
Mon 1 September 2014

The Centre for Social Justice has released a report encouraging children's charities to consider setting up new free schools. The report looks at ways in which the link between poverty and educational underachievement can be broken, and the think tank urges more action to help these children.

NSN Director Natalie Evans said in response; "Charities are playing an important role setting up free schools that often put close links to the community at the heart of what they do. Whether it's involving parents in learning or using sport or the creative arts to motivate excluded young people a core part of their vision is that the school is a resource for the whole community."

Read the full article on the BBC website here.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 1 September 2014

The first Mainstream free school in Nottingham has opened its doors to pupils for the first time. The school, which recieved support from NSN's Development Programme, will cater for almost 600 pupils and the Headteacher Jenny Brown commneted; "This is a very exciting time for everyone involved. The school will offer students a curriculum which will ensure they are ready to start work when they leave us."

Read the full story from the Nottingham Post here.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 27 August 2014

Two new free school projects have been proposed to help Swindon tackle its growing population. 

New College Swindon is behind one of the school bids, and the Diocese of Bristol is supporting the other. If approved by the Department for Education, both schools will open by 2016. Both groups are working on their applications with NSN as part of its Development Programme.

A representative from Swindon Borough Council, Paddy Bradley, said that by 2026 the population of the town would be close to 250,000 compared to its current population of about 214,000.

"It's the job of the council to make sure there are sufficient school places, so by 2018 we need about another 200 places per year for Year Seven pupils," he said.

Graham Taylor from New College Swindon said that free schools are the quickest way to open a new school.

Read the full article on BBC News online.


Free Schools in the media
Tue 26 August 2014

One of the first 24 free school that opened has seen its GCSE results improve for the second year running. Most pupils at secondary free schools are yet to sit their GCSE exams since opening, but as Batley Grammar School converted from independent status in 2011, it has been teaching pupils in Years 10 and 11 for the past two years. 79% of its pupils achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Read the full story on the Yorkshire Post website.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 22 August 2014

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust is hoping to win the support of parents in Swindon to open a new secondary school in the south of the city. The A spokesperson for the Trust said; “In September we will have eight primary schools so it makes sense for us to expand into secondary. With a lot of growth expected in Swindon over the coming years, there is a need for three more secondary schools."

Read the full article from the Swindon Advertiser.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 19 August 2014

The Eastern Daily Press has featured an interview with the headteacher of Norfolk Alternative Provision free school, Thetford Free School. Nico Dobben talked about the story of the new school so far and said he would to form links with other AP schools across Norfolk and the country.

Read the full interview on the EDP website.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 18 August 2014

Director of New Schools Network Natalie Evans was today quoted by the BBC in relation to Tristram Hunt's speech on oversized classes in England's schools. Ms Evans stated that two-thirds of free schools were set up in areas of need and that "free schools are one part of the answer" to easing the pressure on the education system.

Read the full article on the BBC website.