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Waverley Junior Academy is a mainstream primary school in Rotherham for pupils in Reception to Year 6. Pupils are given access to a knowledge led curriculum which has been organised through and approach which considers what pupils need to succeed in modern Britain. The school provides up to 420 places.
Two Rivers CofE Primary School is part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. It has a Church of England ethos and is open to everyone, with places for 420 pupils in Bath and North East Somerset. Pupils enjoy access to the trust’s fantastic facilities at its other schools, for example science experience days at IKB Academy and sports events at the Wellsway Sport Centre.
The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School has been opened by The Castle Partnership Trust and offers 420 places for pupils aged 2-11. The trust and school are committed to ensuring that every child achieves, belongs and participates in the community.
The Axis Academy is a special school which focuses on children with mental health difficulties, giving them a safe space to learn, where they feel secure, protected and ready to embrace their education. The school provides an education to children from reception right up to Year 11 (initially opening with Years 6,7,8 and 9).
Soundwell Academy caters for 136 pupils aged 5-18 with Social and Emotional Mental Health needs or Speech, Language and Communication needs. It is part of the Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust. The curriculum is designed to centre the individual needs of pupils through small class sizes.
Roundswell Community Primary Academy provides 420 primary school places in Devon. The school engages pupils in a modern and internationally-minded curriculum and works closely with parents children develop to their potential.
Rosecliffe Spencer Academy is a primary school that has been opened by The Spencer Academies Trust. The school believes in the ability of every student to shine and will encourage all students to become critical thinkers. Pupils will also be encouraged to nurture a special talent and attend events, as part of the school's enrichment programme.
The Norton Hill Primary School is part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnerships and offers 630 places for pupils aged 4-11. It specialises in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Forest School and outdoor learning.
Highfields Spencer Academy is a one form entry primary school and is part of The Spencer Academies Trust. The curriculum is based around a new text which children will receive every half term, fostering a love of books and literature. The school also has links with universities and aims to provide pupils with opportunities to learn about different cultures and countries.
The Fusion Academy provides places for 80 pupils aged 7-19 in Leicestershire with communication and interaction needs and/ or autism. The school has been opened by Open Thinking Partnership, who operate the Outstanding Dorothy Goodman School Hinckley.
Foxfields Academy is a specialist all through school for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) aged 5 to 16 years with an EHCP. The school will initially open for lower school pupils only, expanding in 2021 to accept EYFS and upper school pupils. Foxfields Academy will provide a tailored curriculum designed to prepare pupils to be confident and successful individuals who are prepared for life after school.
Beauchamp City Sixth From caters to 350 pupils aged 16-19 in Leicestershire. It is part of the Lionheart Academies Trust and aims to provide a traditional, academic curriculum which will facilitate entry to prestigious universities and apprenticeships. The school also offers work experience internships through their relations with local universities and businesses.
Lower Farm Academy is a primary school in Nuneaton which opened in 2019. It is part of REAch2, the largest primary only academy trust in England. The school was opened to serve a new housing development in the area. Lower Farm has two forms of entry and 26 nursery places. Through working with the local community, the school hopes that its pupils will become responsible, well-rounded citizens for now and the future.
CST Trinity Academy in Bristol is a secondary school with a sixth form that opened in 2019. The school is part of the Cathedral Schools Trust, who also run Bristol Cathedral Choir School. CST Trinity focuses on ensuring all students achieve their academic and personal potential through a curriculum that prepares them for working life, while also giving them creative learning opportunities through the school's music specialism.
The Harbour School in Dorset offers a therapeutic education to pupils aged 10 to 19 across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. The school, which opened in 2019, caters for students with Autism, Speech, Language and Communication, and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. The Harbour School offers a flexible curriculum, which includes academic and vocational opportunities to meet the individual needs of the students and to enable them to live independently in later life.
London Screen Academy is a 16 to 19 college in Islington, which opened in 2019. The college specialises in entertainment technologies, creative media arts, performance and production. It is led by the award winning film company Working Title Films in partnership with East London Arts and Music. Students study a curriculum delivering film related programmes and offering strong vocational content required by screen-based industries.
Hope Community School Southampton is a Christian faith primary school which opened in 2017. It is part of the New Generation Schools Trust and has two forms of entry. The school is driven by the values of adventure, openness, creativity and excellence and is underpinned by a Christian ethos. The school runs an extended day from 8.30am to 4pm which includes a 'soft start' and a 'soft finish'. This allows flexibility for families to drop their children off but also to create opportunities for parents to interact with classroom staff.
Grove Academy is an all-through school in Slough. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of the SASH Education Trust and can cater for up to 1,940 pupils. Although the school has a large community, it has a small school feeling at its heart. Throughout their time at the school, two key skills which pupils will develop are digital literacy and oracy.
Eden Boys' Leadership Academy, Manchester is an 11-18 secondary school with a Muslim faith designation which opened in 2017. It is part of the successful Star Academies Trust and can cater for up to 800 pupils. The school has leadership as its specialism, as well as encouraging its students to participate in arts, such as drama and public speaking, and sport.
XP East is an 11-19 secondary school in Doncaster. The school opened in 2017 as a sister school to XP School and is part of the XP School Trust. It can cater for up to 450 pupils and aims to prepare its students for life in the modern world through integration with the community.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy is an all-through alternative provision school for those aged 5-16 in Leeds. The school, which opened in 2017, is part of The GORSE Academies Trust and can cater for up to 300 pupils who are not thriving in mainstream education. Students are taught national curriculum subjects and have access to a range of therapeutic services such as counselling. Therapy is delivered as both an integrated part of the school timetable but also in groups or on a 1:1 basis.
New College Doncaster is a 16-19 school which opened in 2017. It is part of the New Collaborative Learning Trust and can cater for up to 1,200 pupils. The school offers a range of services for its pupils such as progress tutors, one-to-one and small group support and a counselling service. There is also an Excellence Academy for pupils who typically achieved grades 7, 8 and 9 at GCSE so they can receive specialist support in their university applications.
A primary school in Beckenham, south London. The school, which opened in 2015, was set up by the Harris Federation, one of the highest performing school sponsors in the country which already runs a number of 'Outstanding' free schools. It will cater to 420 pupils when full and has a literacy specialism. The schools will also benefit from using specialist teachers and equipment at a nearby Harris secondary school to deliver some subjects to pupils in Years 5 and 6.
Drapers' Maylands Primary School is in Havering, Essex. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of Drapers' Multi-Academy Trust and has two forms of entry. The school’s curriculum focuses on developing the key skills of literacy, mathematical understanding, scientific enquiry and information technology so that children are equipped with the skills for life. The school also benefits from using a forest school, which allows students to develop a relationship with the natural world.
Hoe Valley School is a secondary for those aged 11-18 in Surrey. The school opened in 2015 and has four forms of entry. In order to ensure that students have access to a broad range of subjects, Hoe Valley School operates an extended day from 8:30 - 4:00, with time set aside after school for enrichment activities. Students are taught the full National Curriculum with additional time for English and Maths.
The Wren School is an 11-19 secondary in Reading. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the Excalibur Academies Trust and can cater for up to 1,176 pupils. The Wren School encourages the development of knowledge and cross-curricular understanding through an approach to learning which both inspires and challenges its students. Learning how to be responsible adults and members of the community are also key aspects of the school's vision.
University of Cambridge Primary School was set up in 2015 by the University of Cambridge. The school has three forms of entry and is the first primary university teaching school in the country. Trainee teachers and the community of researchers at the university will benefit from access to the school as a resource for their development, whilst teachers and pupils will have unique opportunities to interact with them and the university's wider facilities.
The Ongar Academy is an 11-18 secondary school in Essex. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the Bridge Academy Trust and can cater for up to 800 pupils. The school also has a particular focus on the teaching of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics, in order to help young people take up opportunities in the growing science and technology industries nearby.
Hunsley Primary is a school in Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire. The school, which opened in 2015, was established by an 'Outstanding' local secondary school in order to provide primary school places to parents moving into a new housing development in the area. It has one form of entry and is part of the Education Alliance. Hunsley Primary teaches its students the skills of reflection, creative thinking and problem-solving, as well as being caring, respectful and team-spirited.
Eden Boys' School, Birmingham is an 11-18 secondary school with a Muslim-faith designation. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the successful Star Academies Trust and caters for up to 800 pupils. The school offers a traditional curriculum, focusing on GCSEs and A-levels, which is complemented by programmes of personal development and community service. In 2018 Ofsted judged the school to be 'Outstanding' in all areas.
Eden Boys' School, Preston is an 11-18 secondary school with a Muslim-faith designation. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of the successful Star Academies Trust and caters for up to 800 pupils. The school focuses on the study of the Ebacc, which is complemented by programmes of personal development and community service. In 2018 Ofsted rated the school as 'Outstanding' in all areas.
Unity Community Primary opened in 2015 in Cheetwood, Manchester. It was opened by The Big Life Schools and has two forms of entry. Unity Community Primary delivers a broad and balanced curriculum, with a particular focus on communication and enterprise. Unity Community Primary aims to teach students to be respectful of the diverse ethnicity, religion, families, educational needs and abilities of all our children.
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Harmonize is an Outstanding alternative provision free school in Liverpool for 13-16 years olds who have struggled to thrive in a mainstream setting.
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The research, commissioned to mark ten years since the first free schools were approved to open, covers pupil attainment, popularity with parents, and teacher workforce.
Findings show free schools are the top performing type of school at GCSE; that 16-19 free schools are the highest performing post-16 providers; that free schools are more popular with parents than the closest neighbouring schools; and that free schools are more likely to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
The Secretary of State for Education has decided that Dixons’ application to establish a free school in Manchester should proceed to the ‘pre-opening’ phase. This is a significant step towards opening the school.
“We are delighted that our free school in Manchester will proceed to the pre-opening phase. We already run six highly successful free schools, achieving some of the best results in the country. We now want to bring the same success to Manchester.
Deborah, Nicholas and Nuno visited Langley Hall to witness what the school does best within its Music Department and to offer their unconditional support and testimonial towards the opening of Langley Hall’s new Music Academy in January 2021.