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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. 

Free Schools in the media
Wed 16 July 2014

Pyrford CofE Primary School in Woking is hoping to open a new primary free school to meet an expected shortfall of places. They are asking local parents to register their interest in the new school, Chair of Governors Rob Davey said: "Parents are rightly concerned that over the next few years they will not be able to find a school place for their children in the local area. I’m delighted, therefore, that Pyrford’s governors have decided to get behind this initiative."

Read the full article on the Get Surrey website.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 14 July 2014

New School for Harrow has been successful in its bid to win support from NSN's Development Programme. The group are hoping to open a new primary school to address the shortage of places in Harrow and have recently partnered with another local school to support their application.

Read the full story from This Is Local London here.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 14 July 2014

The Inspiration Trust has revealed that it is hoping to open a new free school in Great Yarmouth. The trust already operates seven schools in the region, and the proposed new secondary free school will specalise in maths and engineering. CEO Dame Rachel de Souza commented that they are 100% committed to Great Yarmouth and are determined to succeed in their free school application.

Read the full story on the EDP website. 

Free Schools in the media
Mon 14 July 2014

Walter Boyle, soon to be headmaster of Eton backed free school Holyport College, was interviewed by TES about his vision for the school. Holyport will be England’s first boarding Free School and aims to offer a traditional education to children from a variety of backgrounds, particularly the most deprived. 

Read the full story in TES 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 11 July 2014

The Education Secretary has visited St Luke's Church of England free school in Hampstead. Mr Gove praised the primary school after observing lessons and a choir performance whilst Headteacher Gill Tyler said "We believe that we have managed to create a school where children are happy, secure and making very good progress. This has been made possible through the hard work of the staff and governors and their resolute commitment to the core values of secure foundations, excellent practice, faith, hope and love.”

Read the full story from Ham&High here.

NSN News
Tue 8 July 2014

NSN today released an updated version of their data briefing that draws together all the key facts and figures related to the open and apporoved free schools across England.

Free schools are now open in every region of the country and once full will provide 175,000 new places. Read the full briefing on how:

  • Free schools are twice as likely to be judged 'Outstanding' than their other state education counterparts
  • Free schools are ten times more likely to be located in the most deprived areas in England
  • Free schools are using their freedoms to innovate

Download the document here.