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Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 August 2020

Given the government’s announcement about the removal of the publication of school level data, and the unique method of arriving at grades for students, Worcestershire County Council supported by Worcestershire Children First confirmed that they will not be collecting and publishing school level data this year. Holy Trinity as with other Worcestershire schools and colleges therefore will not be publishing individual school level data.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 August 2020

The cohort of pupils – CFS's first ever Year 7s back in 2013 – have achieved a 100% pass rate and nearly a third of all grades were at grade A* or A, above the national average. The School has seen particular success in Chemistry and Physics, with 100% of students achieving an A* or A and, in the maths department, 80% of all grades were awarded at this highest level in both Maths and Further Maths A Levels. Several CFS students also completed the Extended Project Qualification in a variety of topics with great success.

NSN News
Thu 6 August 2020

Unity Howard, Director of the New Schools Network said:

“I welcome the government’s intention to reform the planning system and allow schools to be built quicker in areas of need.

“Today, there are 271 free schools stuck in the planning and development stage. Of which, 140 have been in pre-opening for around 40 months, this is far too long. Free school leaders consistently voice their frustration at a system which is both complex and time consuming.

NSN News
Sat 18 July 2020

These schools were approved as part of a free school wave jointly led by the DfE and local authorities, which closed in September 2019.

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said:

Fri 17 July 2020

Marine Academy Primary (MAP2) is a school based in Plymouth, one of the more deprived cities in the South-West, with 30% - 12% above the national average – of the school’s pupil classed as disadvantaged and over 110 families on food vouchers since schools shutdown. Enabling underprivileged children to gain the knowledge that they need for success in later life underpinned the school’s decision to follow official guidance and open their doors to certain year groups in early June.

NSN News
Thu 2 July 2020

Unity Howard, Director of NSN said:

"It's absolutely right that there is a commitment to a full scale return to school from September - we want to see every child, every class, and every school back so that learning can get back on track. It's the right thing to do, and we can only hope that the unions see sense and don't try and obstruct this move.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 29 June 2020

Ealing Fields High School staff and students were delighted to have a very important guest to show around their new school building earlier today.

The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, arrived at 9am and was met by the Associate Headteacher, Mark Bedford and Senior Project Manager Keith McGinness of building contractor Bowmer + Kirkland.

Fri 26 June 2020

Schools in XP School Trust deliver a curriculum which is academically rigorous, standards-based and destination focussed. Pupils are taught through cross-subject Learning Expeditions which connect students to the community and the world. XP Schools have a relentless focus on beautiful work and character growth and the trust is committed to making sure that pupils continue working hard, getting smart and being kind while learning at home.