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Free Schools in the media
Fri 4 July 2014

An application for a free school in Southampton is now one step closer to being approved after being invited to be interviewed by the Department for Education. If aproved the school could open in September 2015 , making it Southampton's first free school.

Read the full story in the Daily Echo 

Free Schools in the media
Thu 3 July 2014

The Temple's School free school bid in North Surrey has revealed that they have received between 70 and 90 expressions of interest from local parents. The special school will cater for pupils with autism and lead proposer Sophy Lamond said they will provide a "small, nurturing environment" for pupils who normally struggle in mainstream schools.

Read the full article on the BBC website.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 2 July 2014

Nishkam High School in Birmingham has been rated 'Outstanding' in its first Ofsted inspection. Pupils at the secondary school were praised for their excellent behaviour while leadership and quality of teaching were judged to be exceptional. Executive Principal Terry Green said; "Our ‘outstanding’ judgement is not just based on a two-day visit by inspectors. It is as a result of many years of tremendous effort by our students, staff, governors, parents and community."

Read the full story from the Birmingham Mail.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 1 July 2014

A new free school in Essex underwent its official opening this week. Pupils, teachers and proposers from the Gateway Primary Free School gathered to celebrate the event and marked the occasion with a balloon release and the unveiling of a plaque. Kevin Sadler, CEO of the schools trust, commented "Due to the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone involved in the creation of this primary school, it has made this school the ‘heart of its community and a school with a heart."

Read more on Gateway's official website.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 1 July 2014

A specialist maths free school in Norwich is to offer a range of services to primary schools in a bid to improve maths education in the region. The school, sponsored by the Inspiration Trust, will be one of 32 planned maths hubs across England.

Read the full story in the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Free Schools in the media
Mon 30 June 2014

The Headteacher of the Fulham Boys School, a new secondary free school opening this September, has written of his desire to deliver an Outstanding education for all pupils from day one. Alun Ebeneezer also commented on the schools' goal to establish partnerships with local businesses, to be answerable to local residents and to set up social enterprises that give something back to the community.

Read the full article on the Daily Telegraph website.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 26 June 2014

Bullers Wood School for Girls in Chislehurst has announced plans to open a new secondary free school for boys. Bromley will be in need of new school places in the coming years and local parents have complained about a lack of single-sex education provision in the area. The school has recently been accepted onto NSN's Development Programme,

Read the full story from the News Shopper here.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 24 June 2014

The Big Life Group, the charity behind The Big Issue magazine, has revealed it will open a primary free school in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester. Emma Perry, Director for Schools for the charity, commented; “We look forward to working with families to develop a school that is at the heart of the community, where parents feel welcome and part of the school and where children are inspired to learn."

Read the full story from Mancunian Matters here.