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NSN News
Fri 6 May 2022

The Board of Trustees for the New Schools Network is today announcing its decision to wind down the charity’s operations.

Since 2009, New Schools Network has supported the creation of 610 schools which otherwise wouldn’t exist, as well over 200 that are still in the pipeline. During that time, NSN has supported every wave of the free schools programme, working with hundreds of groups wanting to set up free schools. There is now a thriving free schools community right across the country, which brings innovation and academic excellence to the system.

NSN News
Tue 29 March 2022

Since 2009, New Schools Network (NSN) has worked tirelessly to advocate for and support the free schools programme. There is now a thriving free school community made up of 610 schools, plus over 200 free schools approved to open, that brings innovation and academic excellence to the system. We have been proud to play our part in supporting these schools. 

Wed 23 March 2022

To showcase the excellent work of free school leaders across the country, NSN has conducted a series of interviews with leaders of recently opened free schools to hear how they’ve implemented their vision and confronted the challenges of opening a new school.

We recently spoke to Andrew Taylor, Headteacher of St. Gabriel’s CofE Academy, who kindly shared with us his experience of opening a primary school in Warwickshire in 2018.

Could you tell us about the original idea behind your school?

Tue 22 March 2022

To showcase the excellent work of free school leaders across the country, NSN has conducted a series of interviews with leaders of recently opened free schools to hear how they’ve implemented their vision and confronted the challenges of opening a new school.

Recently we spoke to Jonathan Wilden, CEO of Folio Education Trust, who kindly shared with us his experience opening and growing Coombe Wood School, and implementing his vision of a school where health and fitness takes centre stage.

Fri 4 March 2022

To showcase the excellent work of free school leaders across the country, NSN has conducted a series of interviews with leaders of recently opened free schools to hear how they’ve implemented their vision and confronted the challenges of opening a new school.

We recently spoke to Mel Shute, Headteacher of Trumpington Park Primary School, a primary school in Cambridgeshire that opened in 2017 as a part of Cambridge Primary Education Trust.

 Tell us about the original idea behind your school.

Mon 28 February 2022

Tell us about the original idea behind the school?

“The school came from Redbridge local authority’s SEND review, which identified a need for a school for young children with complex needs. They predicted that there would be a growing trend in the borough. The rationale for the school was early assessment and early intervention, so that children could receive support as early as possible. The idea was that children would come here until Year 2, and then we would try to support them longer term as they transition out of the school.

Mon 21 February 2022

What was the original idea behind the schools?

“To meet basic need in the area. The first academy in the trust, Wildern School, is a large 11-16 school that was oversubscribed every year. A lot of new building work was going on in the area, and it became clear that more school places would be needed.

Fri 4 February 2022

What inspired you to lead a new free school?

“The excitement of it. Often when joining as a head you have to undo lots of different things. But in a free school, everything is new so you can form the school that you want. In the beginning, the ethos and culture of the school is down to you, which is really exciting. I also knew how much the school was needed.”

What is the culture of your school?