Free schools in the Media

Fri 17 February 2017

This week, the world famous Hallé Orchestra have announced plans to open a free school with a music specialism in Stoke-on-Trent. The school is proposed to have 40% of the curriculum dedicated to music, with proposed master classes from professionals, a musicians in residence scheme, and opportunities to perform with the Hallé choir and youth orchestra.


Fri 10 February 2017

Students from Jubilee Academy – an alternative provision school in Harrow, London – have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of road safety. The project will deliver a series of activities to promote awareness of the risks young people face, such as visibility while crossing roads and distractions caused by mobile phone usage.

Fri 20 January 2017

Daventry Hill School has now moved into its new purpose-built building. There are rooms for health clinics, soft play, physiotherapy, a sensory room, and even a pool for hydrotherapy. The special school in Daventry, Northamptonshire, opened in September 2016 and currently has 61 students.

Fri 13 January 2017

The London Academy of Excellence and Holyport College have both been included in Tatler's guide to the best state secondary schools of 2017. London Academy of Excellence is a sixth form college in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, and is dedicated to raising aspirations in the area. Holyport College in Maidenhead is sponsored by Eton College, and is the country’s first boarding free school.

Fri 6 January 2017

Blackpool council has submitted a bid to the government for a special school for students with autism. The school will be for 10 – 16 year olds, and have 48 places when full. Councillor Graham Cain says that currently pupils have to travel long distances outside the borough to attend independent special schools due to a lack of local provision. 


Wed 21 December 2016

Temple Learning Academy today released further information on their exciting new premises. Once completed, the facility will include special SEN provision and a learning resource centre. The project has had a positive impact on employment in the area, with additional work experience opportunities being available for local construction students. The full article can be found here.

Fri 16 December 2016

Pupils from University Church Free School and St Martin’s Academy have taken part in the Angel Voices Choir Festival in Chester, along with 11 other local primary schools. Students performed a variety of Christmas songs and carols over the weeklong festival.

Fri 9 December 2016

The Financial Times has published an article on private schools improving access to education for more deprived pupils, focusing on Harris Westminster Sixth Form. Harris Westminster was set up by a partnership with Westminster School and the Harris Federation. 30% of students who attend the school are eligible for free school meals, and it was recently rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.