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Free Schools in the media
Wed 16 April 2014

A special Free School in Leeds has been judged to be Good by Ofsted following its first inspection. The Lighthouse School was praised for its "dynamic leadership" and for ensuring all pupils make good progress in gaining academic skills and in personal development.

Read the full Ofsted report here.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 16 April 2014

Reach Academy Feltham was featured on Sky News' coverage of National Primary Offer Day. Parents from the school, which was recently judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted, were interviewed about the anxious wait to find out if their child got their place.

90 per cent of new primary Free Schools opening this September are in areas where new school places are needed.

Watch Sky News' coverage of Reach Academy Feltham here.

Read NSN's article on National Offer Day here.

NSN News
Wed 16 April 2014

National primary offer day: Free Schools help to meet places need

Wednesday 16th April marks the first National Offer Day for primary schools and will see children and their parents finding out which primary schools they will be attending.

Natalie Evans, Director of New Schools Network comments:

“The hundreds of thousands of parents waiting anxiously to find out which primary school they have been allocated demonstrates the depth of concern about the availability of places, let alone good school places. Free Schools are playing a vital role in helping address both quality and quantity in primary school places. 90 per cent of new primary Free Schools opening this September are in areas where new school places are needed. This is hugely welcome news for parents across the country.”

Natalie was also quoted as part of the BBC's coverage of National Offer Day:

Read the full article from the BBC here.

 

The following schools are just a small selection of primary Free Schools helping to meet the need for places across England. If you are interested in arranging an interview or visiting a school please contact Amy Leonard, 07960 116 966 or press@newschoolsnetwork.org.

 

Free Schools in the media
Tue 15 April 2014

The Education for All Trust is putting together a Free School application for a new 4-16 special school in Daventry. The trust has consulted with Northamptonshire, Daventry and Warwickshire County Council to put together their application.

Read the full article from the Daventry Express.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 15 April 2014

A group of parents and teachers in Bristol are hoping to set up a new English-French bilingual primary school. The group are currently in discussions with a local academy sponsor who could support their application. Bristol has strong links with both French businesses and higher education institutes.

Read the full story from the Bristol Post.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 11 April 2014

Plymouth’s first Free School is set to move into a new building in September 2014, where it seeks to build on its vision to offer an alternative learning experience for its pupils. The primary school uses innovations such as an extended school day, inclusive teaching methods, and multi-purpose spaces.

Read the full story in the Plymouth Herald

Free Schools in the media
Fri 11 April 2014

Harrow Borough Council cabinet voted to approve Whitechurch playing fields in Stanmore as the new site for Avanti House Free School. Earlier this week the Education Funding Agency had given its consent to the plan.   

Read the full story in This Is Local London 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 11 April 2014

Peter Hyman, the Headteacher of School 21, has written of his belief that children should be taught to speak eloquently at school. At School 21 pupils are encouraged to discuss and debate and has just began a project with Cambridge University to help teachers better assess pupils' speaking skills.

Read the full article from The Independent.

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