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Thu 3 September 2020

University of Liverpool Maths School

Following the success of King's College London Maths School and Exeter Mathematics School, the University of Liverpool Maths School for 16-19-year-olds has become the third specialist mathematics free school to open in England.

As the first school of its kind located in the North of England, it is committed to developing and retaining talent in the region, ensuring students from all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their academic potential.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 26 August 2020

Schools that are opening next month that were supported by NSN include:

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

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Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Hoe Valley School in Woking was delighted to open its doors this morning to provide its founding cohort of students with their GCSE results. Many Woking residents will remember the build up to the School opening as news of the new Free School spread. This has been a year like no other, but especially for Hoe Valley School seeing its first students through to their GCSEs. Following the nationwide lockdown, it was wonderful to be able to share their results with them in person, socially distanced of course!

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Having received their results, students commented:

“I had a pit in my stomach which has now been completely filled.” said Shaun Hennell.

“I feel alright.” said Rupert Dale.

“I was nervous but now I’m really happy.” added Katie Evans. 

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

The school, which opened with its first Year 7 pupils in 2014, is delighted to announce that its second ever set of results show a significant improvement on the previous year. This outcome aligns with the upward trajectory anticipated by the school as it becomes more established.

Of note, the number of pupils achieving grades 9 to 4 in both English and mathematics rose to 85% from 78% in 2019. 80% achieved 5 standard passes including English and mathematics, up from 70%.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Delighted pupils were invited to collect their results from 9.00am on 20th August and their hard work and efforts certainly paid off, despite the national changes to the way that GCSE results were derived this year as a result of school closures. While league tables have not been published this academic year, Year 11 pupils at the school achieved exceptional results, which, in ordinary circumstances, firmly places the school well above average compared to other schools both locally and nationally.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 19 August 2020
  • We have seven pupils going to Oxford and Cambridge to study subjects including Natural Sciences, Music, History, Geography, Classics, Politics and Japanese.
  • 80 out of the 90 applicants have currently secured a university place, most of whom have their Firm or Insurance Offer, despite the recent exams debacle.
  • 47% of the cohort are going to a Russell Group university.