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.

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.

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.