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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mon 13 March 2017

The Island Free School has become one of the most popular secondary schools on the Isle of Wight, despite only opening in 2014. The school received 239 applications for just 125 available places, a 43% rise in applications from the previous year.

The Island Free School has a music specialism, and offers every child the chance to learn a musical instrument.

Fri 3 March 2017

Harington School in Rutland has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted. The sixth form, which opened in September 2015, was praised particularly for students’ attitudes to learning, quality of support for students, and the relationship between school leaders.

Fri 24 February 2017

This week, the Mead Academy Trust released their plans for three new schools in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The Trust is submitting a bid to the Department for Education to open two primary schools and a secondary school in the South East of the town.