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Free Schools in the media
Wed 30 July 2014

The Durham Free School has commemorated the end of it's first year as an open free school with a prize giving ceremony. The schools' Headteacher Peter Cantley remarked “The children have excelled this year and I am absolutely delighted with all they have achieved.”

Read the full story from on the Northern Echo website.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 28 July 2014

According to an analysis of Ofsted reports by the Department for Education, academies and free schools outperform council run schools at tackling poor behaviour. The latest Ofsted figures showed that 39% of academies and free schools were rated Outstanding for their behaviour, compared with 31% for other state schools.   

Read the full story in The Telegraph 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 25 July 2014

In the 1970’s parents of children on the autism spectrum from Sunderland worked tirelessly to set up a local school to meet the needs of their children. The school finally opened in 1980 and was the first of its kind.   

As part of the free school programme community groups from across the country are setting up similar schools, some of which have been opened in collaboration with the National Autistic Society.

Read the full story the BBC News website

Free Schools in the media
Fri 25 July 2014

Cobham Free School in Surrey has this week signed its funding agreement and is set to open this September. The new secondary school will link up with Cobham Primary School to become an All Through school.

Read the full article on the BBC website.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 23 July 2014

Plans for London Riverside School to be built as part of the Barking Riverside Development will be debated by Barking and Dagenham Council this evening. If the plans are approved, the school will open in September 2016 with 600 pupils, and will take 2,700 pupils at capacity. 

Read the full story in the Barking and Dagenham Post.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 23 July 2014

Falcons Primary School in Leicester will teach pupils a specalist maths curriculum influenced by a Japanese model of teaching. The new free school will open this September and has revealed it will be providing Japanese soroban abacus' to pupils which help children add, subtract, multiply and divide without using a pencil and paper.

Read the full story from the Leicester Mercury here.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 22 July 2014

The Maiden Erlegh secondary free school has been given the go ahead to build on its preferred site in Reading. Reading is facing a shortage of secondary places and the new school will provide 900 places in order to meet this need. Following the announcement, the schools Executive Headteacher Dr Peter Thomas said "We look forward to working closely with Reading Borough Council on the building of the new school as part of the provision of outstanding education for children in east Reading." 

Read the full story on the Local Berkshire website here.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 17 July 2014

An independent school in Cornwall is hoping to convert to a free school and locate in the Eden Project. Roselyon Preparatory School has recieved the backing of the Eden Project's founder Sir Tim Smit and if approved, will triple in size.

Read the full article from the Cornish Guardian. 

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