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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.

NSN News
Mon 18 August 2014

NSN has responded to comments made by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt on free schools and the shortage of school places across England. NSN Director Natalie Evans said:

"The fact is that two thirds of free schools are being set up in areas where there aren’t enough places, and in London, an even higher proportion; every primary free school opening in London next month is in a borough with a projected shortfall."

"There is no denying that there is a huge pressure on our education system. Free schools are one part of the answer but we would also urge local authorities to use their powers to set up new schools more proactively. Councils can do this by working in partnership with local schools as well as free school groups, but at the moment only a small minority are doing so."

Free Schools in the media
Mon 18 August 2014

NSN director Natalie Evans has written an article for The Spectator discussing the performance of the London Academy of Excellence and how it relates to the success of the wider free schools policy.

Read the full article on Coffee House 

NSN News
Mon 18 August 2014

New Schools Network Director Natalie Evans has written a comment piece for The Spectator on the outstanding A Level results achieved by students at London Academy of Excellence. 39% of students at LAE secured AAB or better and Ms Evans congratulated the school for it's success; "This is a phenomenal achievement, and it shows just what can be accomplished when you start up a new school and have a searing vision of what is possible for the students who will attend that school." 

Read the full article on The Spectator website.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 15 August 2014

The first ever sixth form free school has been widely praised for its superb A level results. Around 40% of students at the Newham based London Academy of Excellence acheived AAB grades in traditional subjects, with 4 pupils going on to study at Oxford and Cambridge. 

Read about LAE's success in the Guardian, the Newham Recorder and The Times, where LAE receives a mention in a leading article

BBC News London also ran a story on LAE (begins at 14.50). 

Free Schools in the media
Thu 14 August 2014

Adrian Packer, the Principal of Everton Free School, was interviewed by Sky Sports News on the impact the school is having on young people in Liverpool. In the video Mr Packer discusses how their close links with Everton Football Club help them to motivate and inspire their students.

Watch the interview on the Sky Sports News website.

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