As schools across the country return for the new academic year, we at NSN are delighted that 51 new free schools have opened their doors to pupils for the very first time. In part two of this series, we take a look at five more exciting new free schools.

Westvale Park Primary Academy

Led by Aurora Academies Trust, Westvale Park Primary Academy is a new school located on the outskirts of Crawley. In addition to the core curriculum, pupils will study Paragon; a unique humanities focused curriculum which has been designed by the school. 

Paragon is an innovative curriculum which will take pupils on an immersive journey through a range of historical periods: starting in the ancient world and finishing in the modern era. Pupils will learn about the culture and beliefs of the people who lived in these times.  

Through this, the school hopes that children will develop knowledge and understanding of world geography and history that exceeds the confines of the national curriculum.  

The Workplace

The Workplace is an Alternative Provision free school based in Bexhill-on-Sea. Its partnership with East Sussex County Council enables the school to offer up to 74 places in Years 10 and 11. The school plans to expand to 94 places from September 2021.  

The school is part of the SABDEN Multi Academy Trust, which will provide specialised education to young people who demonstrate challenging behaviour. 

The Workplace is aimed at vocationally minded pupils from across East Sussex, who are struggling with a mainstream curriculum and are at risk of disengagement and exclusion.  

Pupils will receive high-quality work-related personal development opportunities in the following vocational areas: construction & allied trades, hairdressing, barbering & beauty, automotive, hospitality & catering, sports & fitness and arts & creativity. 

School of Science and Technology (SST) Maidstone

School of Science and Technology (SST) Maidstone is part of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust and currently caters for 180 pupils in Year 7.   

SST Maidstone uses Applied Project Learning, within a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based curriculum. The school’s focus on STEM will help children acquire a diverse range of unique skills such as entrepreneurship and innovation, highly developed computer science capabilities, research techniques and global awareness. 

Its pupils will graduate with the skills needed to make a full contribution to a rapidly evolving world. 

SST Maidstone is partnered with The School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST). The Singapore based affiliate will assist SST Maidstone in developing a rigorous academic programme through this collaboration. 

Rosecliffe Spencer Academy

Rosecliffe Spencer Academy, is based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire and currently caters for 45 reception pupils. By the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, the school will admit 15 places in each year group up to Year 6.  

The curriculum at Rosecliffe Spencer Academy is based on building knowledge, and has been designed to enable children to become independent critical thinkers and learners.  

Through links with both Nottingham and Derby University, Roseliffe Spencer Academy will invite students from different cultures to spend a week in their classrooms so that children can learn first-hand about different places and ways of living. 

Outwood Academy Riverside

Led by Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT), Outwood Academy Riverside is a new mainstream school in Middlesbrough for pupils between 11 and 16 years old. It is the first free school within the trust.  

The school currently has a capacity of 150 pupils. However, after it moves to a permanent site in 2023, the school hopes to expand to a cohort of 210 pupils.  

The high-quality education experience at Outwood Academy Riverside aims to narrow gaps in achievement for all student groups and prepare young people for their future steps. The curriculum has a special focus on improving literacy and numeracy skills.  

The school’s leadership team takes pride in being rooted in Middlesbrough and hopes the school will raise standards and transform lives in the region.