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Bearsted Primary Academy has been opened by Leigh Academies Trust. The curriculum is delivered through the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Primary Years Programme (PYP) and they will be utilising an outdoor Forest School provision.
Barton Park School is a new primary school, opened in September 2020 and serves 315 pupils. It includes a nursery and, in the future, specialist SEND provision. It is on the new Barton Park Housing Development situated on the outskirts of the City of Oxford. The school was opened by The Community Schools Alliance Trust.
Barton Farm Primary Academy is a 420 place primary academy for pupils aged 4-11. It has been sponsored by the University of Winchester and will have access to the university's facilities and expertise. The school is also committed to environmental sustainability and has a rain water harvesting system, green roof and solar panels.
Aspire School is a special school for children with a diagnosis of ASD or speech, language and communication needs. It is part of Grove Park Academies and has places for 168 children aged 4-11 years in Kent. . The curriculum places equal emphasis on academic success and the development of communication, social interaction, life skills and independence for future life.
Ark Blake is a mainstream school with 1,200 places for pupils age 11-18 in Croydon. The school is guided by Ark’s Six Pillars, allowing each pupil to develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities to become the best they can be in all aspects of their life.
Alder Grove CofE Primary School is a Christian faith designated school in Wokingham. The school aims has expectations of high academic standards and pastoral care for all its pupils.
Addington Valley Academy is a co-educational Special School with 150 places for children and young people aged 2-19 who have autism and social communication, cognitive, sensory and social, emotional, and behavioural needs in the Croydon region. It has been opened by Orchard Hill College Academy Trust.
Tudor Grange Primary Academy Meon Vale is a two form entry primary based in Stratford-Upon-Avon that opened in 2019. The school focuses on creating a positive environment and culture of respect to secure high academic achievement. The school’s is located on the former Ministry of Defence site at Long Marston, which was occupied by the Army Engineering Corp.
Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham is run by the Star Academies Trust and was opened in 2019. The Muslim faith secondary school aims to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. The school offers 600 places for girls aged 11-16.
North Worcester Primary Academy was set up by the Rivers CofE Multi-Academy Trust in 2019. It has two forms of entry, as well as a 26-place nursery. The school uses the curriculum model of the Northwick Manor Primary, another school in the trust.
Lower Farm Academy is a primary school in Nuneaton which opened in 2019. It is part of REAch2, the largest primary only academy trust in England. The school was opened to serve a new housing development in the area. Lower Farm has two forms of entry and 26 nursery places. Through working with the local community, the school hopes that its pupils will become responsible, well-rounded citizens for now and the future.
CST Trinity Academy in Bristol is a secondary school with a sixth form that opened in 2019. The school is part of the Cathedral Schools Trust, who also run Bristol Cathedral Choir School. CST Trinity focuses on ensuring all students achieve their academic and personal potential through a curriculum that prepares them for working life, while also giving them creative learning opportunities through the school's music specialism.
The Harbour School in Dorset offers a therapeutic education to pupils aged 10 to 19 across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. The school, which opened in 2019, caters for students with Autism, Speech, Language and Communication, and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. The Harbour School offers a flexible curriculum, which includes academic and vocational opportunities to meet the individual needs of the students and to enable them to live independently in later life.
Nansledan School is a two form entry primary school in Newquay. The school opened in 2019 as part of the Nansledan housing development. The curriculum is based around sustainable development, with specialisms in STEM, literacy and art. Children have the responsibility of looking after the school’s pets and plants and the school is working with partners from Green Cornwall to improve energy efficiency. Pupils also have the opportunity to undertake a junior version of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Badbury Park Primary School opened in 2019 in Badbury, Swindon. It was opened by the Blue Kite Academy Trust to serve a new housing development in the area. The curriculum uses a Forest School learning approach, using the adjacent woodlands to allow every pupil to experience playing and learning in nature. The school has two forms of entry and also has 48 nursery places.
The Deanery CE Academy opened in 2019 in Wichelstowe, Swindon. The school offers 1470 places for students aged 11 to 18, and is a ‘Christian school for everyone’. With an ethos that places equal focus on personal development and academic achievement, the school provides extensive opportunities in sports, leadership, and the creative and performing arts. The school is part of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust, which runs several schools across the south west of England.
Charlton Wood Primary Academy opened in 2019 in Patchway, South Gloucestershire, to serve the community on a new housing development. The school has two forms of entry and was set up by the Endeavour Academy Trust. The school’s curriculum aims to inspire pupils to have limitless ambition in everything they do.
William Morris Primary School opened in 2019 in Swindon to serve the new Tadpole Garden Village housing development. The school has two forms of entry and 26 nursery places. As well as providing an academic curriculum, the school aims to support and enhance the physical, emotional and social development of children by teaching a creative curriculum and giving access to outdoor learning areas.
Wellington Eagles is a two form entry primary school which opened in Tidworth, Wiltshire in 2019. The school is based on what used to be the old Sailsbury Plain Barracks and vehicle depot, which has now been demolished to create a new housing development. The school provides places for military families relocating to Salisbury from Germany.
Stone Lodge School is an 11-19 secondary school in Dartford, Kent, which opened in 2019. The school has capacity for 1,450 students, including 250 post-16 places. It specialises in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Stone Lodge is run by the Endeavour MAT, which runs several schools in the area.
Boorley Park Primary School opened in 2019 in Eastleigh, Hampshire. The school has two forms of entry and was opened to serve a new housing development in the local area. The school is run by the Wildern Academy Trust.
River Mill Primary School is a two form entry school in Dartford, Kent which opened in 2019. River Mill has a STEM specialism which is supported by local businesses. The school is part of the Connect Schools Academy Trust who run several schools in the local area.
Bohunt Horsham is an all-through school for 4-16 year olds. The school opened in 2019 in Horsham, West Sussex, and has capacity for 1,600 students when full. Bohunt’s curriculum focuses on STEM, while also provides innovative language provision, including Mandarin, and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.
Kilnwood Vale Primary School opened in 2019 in Horsham, West Sussex, to serve a new housing development in the area. The school has two forms of entry and 26 nursery places. The school is run by the GLF Schools Trust, following the motto, where children ‘Grow, Learn and Flourish’.
King’s Academy Oakwood is a one form entry primary school which opened in Bracknell Forest in 2019. The school is run by King’s Group Academies who also opened the nearby King’s Academy Binfield. Working together, the schools provide an all-through education to the local community from Reception to GCSE.
The Avenue is a school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and complex learning needs, that opened in 2019. It offers 104 places to students aged 4 to 19 years old. The Avenue aims to develop pupils through highly personalised experiences that effectively prepare them for adult life.
Cumbria Academy for Autism provides 32 places to students aged 4 to 19 years old across West Cumbria on the mid to high functioning autistic spectrum. The school was opened in 2019 by a parent-led group. The curriculum is well-balanced between academic learning and the development of skills that students will need in later life.
The Springboard Project is a special school for 14 to 19 year olds in Oldham. The school was opened in 2019 and specialises in supporting pupils with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health issues. It provides a high quality and innovative educational experience for pupils, including in English, maths, science and computing as well as vocational subjects and preparation for independent living. It is part of the New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, which provides the school with the innovative ‘Bridging the Gap’ internship programme.
Hope Community School Southampton is a Christian faith primary school which opened in 2017. It is part of the New Generation Schools Trust and has two forms of entry. The school is driven by the values of adventure, openness, creativity and excellence and is underpinned by a Christian ethos. The school runs an extended day from 8.30am to 4pm which includes a 'soft start' and a 'soft finish'. This allows flexibility for families to drop their children off but also to create opportunities for parents to interact with classroom staff.
Grove Academy is an all-through school in Slough. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of the SASH Education Trust and can cater for up to 1,940 pupils. Although the school has a large community, it has a small school feeling at its heart. Throughout their time at the school, two key skills which pupils will develop are digital literacy and oracy.
Fairfields Primary School opened in 2017 in Milton Keynes. It is is part of the Inspire Futures Through Learning trust and can cater for up to 669 pupils. The school is committed to becoming 'the beating heart of our community' by celebrating diversity and valuing the importance of each individual. Fairfields also offers a varied selection of enrichment activities such as Strictly Come Dancing club, Spanish and Judo.
Chertsey High School is a secondary school for 11-16 year olds in Addlestone, Surrey. It opened in 2017 as part of the Bourne Education Trust and can cater for up to 900 students.
Bishop Chavasse Primary School is a Church of England school in Tonbridge, Kent. The school, which opened in 2012, is part of the Tenax Schools Trust and has two forms of entry. The curriculum is taught in a way which puts emphasis on Christian values and the school has strong links with their local church, St Stephen's. The school's aim is for all its students to have the opportunity to play a musical instrument and they share resources with Bennett Music Academy in order to achieve this.
The Green School for Boys is an 11-18 Church of England secondary in Hounslow, West London. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of The Green School Trust and can cater for up to 1,260 pupils. The Green School for Boys has STEM as a specialism and uses employability skills, partnerships with the business community and a dynamic use of technology to engage students with its curriculum. Enrichment is compulsory and has two levels: The Art of Mastery and The Art of Learning.
The Everitt Academy is a special school for those aged 9-16 in Suffolk. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of Catch22 Multi Academies Trust and can cater for up to 50 pupils. A strong wrap-around approach at the school enables learners to build their confidence, overcome barriers to learning and progress to a positive next step in their lives. Compulsory subjects are Maths, English, Science, ICT, PSHE, PE, and RE. Students will also have the opportunity to study additional vocational subjects depending on interest and ability.
The Bridge Satellite Provision is an all-through 4-19 special school located over several sites in Islington, North London.
Somerdale Educate Together Primary Academy is a school in Keynsham, Somerset. It opened in 2017 as part of the Educate Together Academy Trust and has one form of entry. The school prides itself on being equality based, co-educational, child-centred and democratically run. Although the school strives for high academic standards, it believes that this can be done while still offering an ethical and creative curriculum.
Quest Academy is a special school in Warwickshire for those aged 7-19 autistic spectrum conditions. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of the MacIntyre Academies Trust and can cater for up 80 pupils. It offers a holistic curriculum, which is committed to developing life skills, engagement and well-being as well as academic knowledge.
Purple Oaks Academy is a special all-through school in Northampton for those aged 3-18 with autistic spectrum needs and severe learning difficulties. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of the Greenwood Academies Trust and can cater for up to 100 pupils. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a successful working life, stable relationships and rewarding community engagement.
Pineham Barns Primary School opened in 2017 in Northamptonshire. It has two forms of entry and is part of the Preston Hedges Academy Trust. The school delivers a values-based curriculum built on the vision of ‘fun, creativity and achievement’ and uses its outdoor environment to support pupils’ learning through exploration and play. Through rich and varied opportunities in Dance, Sport, Drama and Music the school hopes to give all pupils the chance to grow their confidence and develop their aspirations for the future.
Northgate Primary School opened in 2017 in Bridgwater, Somerset. It is part of the Clevedon Learning Trust and has two forms of entry, as well as 20 nursery places. Every child is recognised as a unique individual and community is an essential part of the curriculum as pupils learn about local traditions and skills that will help them to contribute to events throughout the year. Subjects on offer include Computing, French and Music.
New College Doncaster is a 16-19 school which opened in 2017. It is part of the New Collaborative Learning Trust and can cater for up to 1,200 pupils. The school offers a range of services for its pupils such as progress tutors, one-to-one and small group support and a counselling service. There is also an Excellence Academy for pupils who typically achieved grades 7, 8 and 9 at GCSE so they can receive specialist support in their university applications.
Manchester Enterprise Academy Central is an 11-16 secondary school that opened in 2017. The school is part of the Altius Trust and can cater for up to 1,050 pupils. The curriculum comprises not only knowledge and skills, but the attitudes, beliefs and values which underpin the relationships of the school community. The school also offers a Social and Cultural Capital curriculum which is designed to give students access to a diverse range of experiences that they may not otherwise have, such as going to see an opera.
Wye School is an 11-18 secondary in Kent. The school, which opened in 2013, is part of the United Learning Trust and can cater for up to 600 pupils. Wye School aims to bring out the best in everyone; staff, students, parents and the wider community. The school nurtures, inspires and guides students to high achievement so that they can lead successful and fulfilling adult lives.
Ealing Fields High School opened in 2016 as a new secondary school in West London. The school was the first to be designed around the Building Learning Power principles and practices. The school's curriculum brings together high academics, good citizenship, a global outlook emphasising computing and technology, and pupil enrichment through timetabled and extra-curricular sports and arts.
Saint Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School is a primary school in Harrow. The school, which opened in 2016, has two forms of entry and has a emphasis on all forms of communication, in both English and French. The curriculum is based on the English national curriculum and is enriched by a Christian ethos and cross curricular bilingual approach.
One Degree Academy is an all-through school for those aged 2-19 in Enfield, North London. The school, which opened in 2016, can cater for up to 1,260 pupils and was established in order to address a basic need for more places and to raise educational standards in the local area. The school has four strategic anchors know as the '4 Cs': core knowledge, character attributes, cultural capital and care.
Atam Academy is an all-through 3-18 school with a Sikh ethos in Redbridge. The school, which opened in 2016, is part of The Khalsa Academies Trust and can cater for up to 1250 students. The National Curriculum is taught across the school with Punjabi, Sikh studies and community work carefully woven into the timetable for those who want to engage in these subjects.
Pinner High School is an 11-18 secondary school in Middlesex. The school, which opened in 2016, is part of The Harrow Academies Trust and can cater for up to 1,162 pupils. The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced, enabling students to follow their interests and talents whilst ensuring that they achieve high standards and gain the success necessary in English, Maths, and Science. The school also includes a 12 place provision for students with autistic spectrum disorder.
The Eaglewood School is a 7-16 alternative provision school in Hampshire. The school, which opened in 2016, is part of the Gryphon Trust and can cater for up to 72 pupils who are not thriving in mainstream education. Students enjoy a full and varied enriched curriculum, as the school believes that learning experiences away from the ‘traditional learning curriculum’ are fundamental to its pupils development.
Galleywall Primary School opened in 2016 in Southwark, London. The school has two forms of entry and is part of the City of London Academies Trust. Galleywall is also sponsored by the City of London Corporation who run the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama which has helped the school to establish a music and drama specialism. The school was inspected by Ofsted in 2019 and rated as 'Outstanding' in all areas.
Canary Wharf College 3 is a Christian-ethos secondary school for 11-18 years in Tower Hamlets, London. The school, which opened in 2016, is part of the Canary Wharf College family of schools and is able to cater for up to 1200 pupils. Although Christian values permeate the school's ethos, the school environment is also wholly inclusive of those from all faiths and backgrounds.
Forest Bridge School is a special school for those aged 4-16 with autistic diagnoses. The school opened in 2015 in Maidenhead as a collaboration between parents and local community members who wanted provision for local young people with autism. The school can cater for up to 96 pupils, with a maximum of 8 pupils per class. The school delivers the national curriculum, underpinned by the principles of ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis), with each pupil's potential at its heart.
Ramsgate Arts Primary School opened in 2015 in Kent. The school has two forms of entry and is part of the Viking Academy Trust. Through its arts Curriculum, students are taught the skills of creative subjects. The school's specialist teaching team helps its students to learn the value of discipline, commitment and work ethic as well as creative thinking skills.
Maiden Erlegh School in Reading is an 11-16 secondary school which opened in 2015. The school was started by a successful local secondary school to help meet an increasing need for new school places in the area. It can cater for 900 pupils when full, replicating the successful and popular model of its founder school. It offers a traditional, academic curriculum alongside a wide range of enrichment activities.
The Langley Academy Primary is a school in Slough. The school, which opened in 2015, was started by an existing secondary school, Langley Academy, in order to meet a pressing need for new school places in the area. The school's curriculum has a focus on science, sustainability and internationalism and will also provide opportunities for 'museum learning', in which pupils visit exhibitions and other places of interest related to their studies in order to bring them to life.
University of Cambridge Primary School was set up in 2015 by the University of Cambridge. The school has three forms of entry and is the first primary university teaching school in the country. Trainee teachers and the community of researchers at the university will benefit from access to the school as a resource for their development, whilst teachers and pupils will have unique opportunities to interact with them and the university's wider facilities.
The Ongar Academy is an 11-18 secondary school in Essex. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the Bridge Academy Trust and can cater for up to 800 pupils. The school also has a particular focus on the teaching of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics, in order to help young people take up opportunities in the growing science and technology industries nearby.
Hunsley Primary is a school in Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire. The school, which opened in 2015, was established by an 'Outstanding' local secondary school in order to provide primary school places to parents moving into a new housing development in the area. It has one form of entry and is part of the Education Alliance. Hunsley Primary teaches its students the skills of reflection, creative thinking and problem-solving, as well as being caring, respectful and team-spirited.
Eden Boys' School, Birmingham is an 11-18 secondary school with a Muslim-faith designation. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the successful Star Academies Trust and caters for up to 800 pupils. The school offers a traditional curriculum, focusing on GCSEs and A-levels, which is complemented by programmes of personal development and community service. In 2018 Ofsted judged the school to be 'Outstanding' in all areas.
Eden Boys' School, Preston is an 11-18 secondary school with a Muslim-faith designation. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the successful Star Academies Trust and caters for up to 800 pupils. The school focuses on the study of the Ebacc, which is complemented by programmes of personal development and community service. In 2018 Ofsted rated the school as 'Outstanding' in all areas.
Unity Community Primary opened in 2015 in Cheetwood, Manchester. It was opened by The Big Life Schools and has two forms of entry. Unity Community Primary delivers a broad and balanced curriculum, with a particular focus on communication and enterprise. Unity Community Primary aims to teach students to be respectful of the diverse ethnicity, religion, families, educational needs and abilities of all our children.
Akaal Primary School is located in Derby and has a Sikh ethos. The school, which opened in 2015, was started by a local community group. It has two forms of entry and follows the National Curriculum, with special emphasis on literacy. Akaal also runs a Parliament system for its students and has a Forest School where the children can enjoy outdoors activities.
The Mendip School is a special school in Shepton Mallet, catering for pupils aged 4-19 who have been diagnosed with austism or Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust and can cater for up to 120 pupils. There is a strong emphasis upon vocational pathways so that pupils can develop those skills which will be important for them in adult life.
West Didsbury CE School is a primary school in West Didsbury, Manchester. The school opened in 2015 and has two forms of entry. As part of the St. James and Emmanuel Academy Trust, the school has a strong Christian ethos, with a vision tailored around belonging, believing and becoming.
The Kingston Academy is an 11-19 secondary school in Surrey. The school, which opened in 2015, can cater for up to 1,180 pupils and was established by Kingston University, Kingston College and Kingston Council. Its curriculum includes Digital Literacy and Philosophy as core subjects for all pupils as well as five 'Going Beyond' principles: physical and mental wellbeing, community and culture, personal skills, work related learning and creative expression.
Salisbury Sixth Form College is a 16-19 school in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The school, which opened in 2014, was established by a partnership between local schools and residents to provide high quality post-16 education to local young people, hundreds of whom previously had to travel outside the city to receive this. It can cater for up to 400 pupils and offers students an academic curriculum designed to help them progress to university or skilled employment.
Exeter Mathematics School is a 16-19 school jointly sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College. The school was opened in 2014 and has been established to meet the needs of able Mathematics students throughout the South West. In addition to studying A levels, students will complete project work and assignments set by the university academics. Students will also have the opportunity to study the historical context of mathematics, and its relevance and applications today, including its links to music and social sciences.
Hackney New School is a secondary school for 11-16 year olds in Hackney, East London. The school, which opened in 2013, was established by a local community group and can cater for up to 700 pupils.
An ‘all-through’, mainstream school in Sunderland with a Christian ethos.
Gildredge House is an all-through school in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The school opened in 2013 and can cater for up to 1232 pupils. Upon entering the school, all pupils are taught the value of community, which is contributed to by the all-through structure and house system. The school values independent study, academic rigour and inquiry in order to acheive the best outcomes for its pupils.
Emmanuel Community School is a primary school with a Christian ethos in Waltham Forest, London. It opened in 2012 and has one form of entry. The school was set up by members of the local community in partnership with the Christian Centre. From Year 1 onwards students study the International Curriculum which is also underpinned by the school's Christian values.
Enfield Heights Academy is a primary school with a Christian ethos in north London. The school opened in 2012 and has one form of entry, with small class sizes. It is part of the Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT) which helps the school to maintain smaller class sizes in order to deliver a curriculum which is differentiated according to the individual educational needs of children. The school was inspected by Ofsted in 2016 and judged to be 'Outstanding' in all areas.
A Jewish faith primary school in Barnet, London.
Europa School UK is an all-through school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The school, which opened in 2012, was established by a group of local parents to fill the gap left by the highly successful European School. It can cater for up to 1,176 students after expanding in 2015 due to its immense popularity. As soon as they enter the school, students study English alongside French, Spanish or German (known as a 'stream language') until they leave Europa at the age of 18.
An Islamic faith school for 4-11 year olds in Derby.
Bedford Free School is a mainstream 11-16 secondary school in Bedford. The school was opened in 2012 by a group of teachers, families and local community members. It is smaller than many other local secondary schools, having only 100 students per year group. From Key Stage 3, every student will have whole-class guitar or violin lessons once a week. In collaboration with the Salvation Army, all students have access to the 'Just Brass' programme, whereby all students can learn a brass instrument for free.
The Bilingual Primary School, Brighton opened in 2012 and has three forms of entry. In and around school, Spanish and English are used interchangeably, with all teaching assistants being native or fluent speakers of Spanish. The school welcomes those of all abilities in Spanish, whether pupils already speak the language at home or if they are total beginners. Students will receive two one-hour long lessons of Spanish a week, but otherwise follows the National Curriculum, which is taught in English.
Boston Pioneers Free School Academy is a primary school in Lincolnshire. The school opened in 2013 and has two forms of entry. Pupils are taught according to the Cornerstones Curriculum, which is based on inspirational learning projects that allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them.
Bradford Girls' Grammar School is an all-through school for 4-18 year olds in West Yorkshire. The primary school is co-educational, whereas the secondary school and sixth form are for females only. The existing independent school converted to free school status in 2013 and can cater for up to 1061 students. Girls who have just transitioned to Year 7 are helped to settle in by attending a two day team-building residential trip to Chomondeley Castle in Cheshire.
A secondary school in north-west Bristol.
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The research, commissioned to mark ten years since the first free schools were approved to open, covers pupil attainment, popularity with parents, and teacher workforce.
Findings show free schools are the top performing type of school at GCSE; that 16-19 free schools are the highest performing post-16 providers; that free schools are more popular with parents than the closest neighbouring schools; and that free schools are more likely to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
The Secretary of State for Education has decided that Dixons’ application to establish a free school in Manchester should proceed to the ‘pre-opening’ phase. This is a significant step towards opening the school.
“We are delighted that our free school in Manchester will proceed to the pre-opening phase. We already run six highly successful free schools, achieving some of the best results in the country. We now want to bring the same success to Manchester.
Deborah, Nicholas and Nuno visited Langley Hall to witness what the school does best within its Music Department and to offer their unconditional support and testimonial towards the opening of Langley Hall’s new Music Academy in January 2021.