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Free Schools in the media
Tue 11 April 2017

This is also the broadest free school wave to date, with more schools approved to open outside London than in any previous wave.

Among the new schools are:

Free Schools in the media
Mon 10 April 2017

Drone footage provided by the architects has given us the first look at the construction of Hoe Valley School’s permanent site in Woking, Surrey. The full video was published by Get Surrey. When finished, the school building will include a leisure centre, athletics track, two full sized football pitches and three 3G pitches.

Hoe Valley School opened in 2015 and is currently in temporary accommodation. The permanent site is due to be completed by September 2018.

NSN News
Thu 6 April 2017

Toby Young Director of NSN said:

“I welcome today’s judgement. All the research shows that the more time children spend in school, the better they do. Indeed, one of the reasons free schools get better results than any other type of school in Key Stage 1 is because so many of them have longer school days."


Free Schools in the media
Fri 31 March 2017

A new £19 million state-of-the-art building has been officially opened at Trinity School. The free school, which opened in 2013, is the first in the area.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 24 March 2017

This week the Victoria Derbyshire Show gained exclusive access to the Everton Free School in Liverpool. They got the chance to interview several students about their time at the school, and Everton captain and England defender Phil Jagielka.

The Everton Free School offers an alternative education route for students who are disengaged with mainstream education and is the first school in England to be sponsored by a Premier League football club.

NSN News
Mon 20 March 2017

++ Free schools much more likely to improve to Outstanding than community schools ++

++ Across the country, free schools are significantly more likely to be Outstanding ++


Ofsted’s latest management information highlights the speed at which Free Schools are improving, with 16 out of the 23 free schools to be re-inspected achieving either a Good or Outstanding grade.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 17 March 2017

Pupils from the Archer Academy in East Finchley, London have won first place in the London Youth Games dance competition. They won both the junior (Years 8 and 9) and senior (Year 10) categories.

NSN News
Tue 14 March 2017

NSN calls on PAC to recognise success of free schools in popularity, performance and cost effectiveness

As the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) convenes to take evidence on schools capital funding, the New Schools Network asks committee members to recognise the success of the free schools policy to date. Free schools are the most cost effective way of creating new school places, they’re popular with parents and are among the highest-performing schools in the country.

Cost Effectiveness