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Free Schools in the media
Wed 2 April 2014

A Free School in Caversham has secured the use of an old nursery to use as a temporary site for their primary school, which will now open in September. Heights Primary School will use the new site for two years until it must move to a permanent home.

Read the full story in the Henley Standard 

Free Schools in the media
Wed 2 April 2014

Microsoft has paid a visit to Sandymoor School in Runcorn to investigate how they use ICT as part of the Free School's administration and curriculum. 

Read the full article on Microsoft's UK School Blog.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 1 April 2014

The New Schools Network recently visited South Yorkshire as part of its New Schools Challenge to speak to local people about education in their area. The majority of people surveyed by the New Schools Network at the Alhambra shopping centre in Barnsley said that they would support a new school in South Yorkshire.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 31 March 2014

A group hoping to open a new 16-19 Free School in Milton Keynes have been accepted onto NSN's Development Programme. The Redshift Academy will focus on creativity, entrepreneurship and technology.

Read the full story on the MK Web website.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 31 March 2014

A number of Free Schools have had their openings delayed due to being unable to find a suitable site. Rules set by the Department for Education say that schools with temporary sites cannot open without having a permanent home secured.  

Natalie Evans said “Local authorities should be working constructively with groups setting up Free Schools – all of whom have support from local parents. Too many of them use the planning system as a fig leaf for their ideological opposition and to put barriers in the way of the opening of a new school.” 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 28 March 2014

The Bellevue Education Trust have been granted permission to open a new primary Free School in a nature centre. Braywick Court School will open this September in Maidenhead.

Read the full story from the Maidenhead Advertiser.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 28 March 2014

Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford has been awarded an Outstanding in its first Ofsted report. They have become the first secondary Free School in England to be judged Outstanding, the highest possible rating.

Read the full Ofsted report on Dixons website.

 

The schools' Ofsted rating has also been reported in a number of regional newspapers.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 27 March 2014

The Priors Free School in Warwickshire has had an extension to the school building opened by Earl Spencer. The new building has increased the school's capacity and according to Headteacher Gary Murrell, the improvements will "benefit the education of the children enormously.'

Read the full story from the Daventry Express.

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