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Thu 13 January 2022

Tell us about the original idea behind your school?

Thu 6 January 2022

Can you tell us about the original idea behind Clearwater C of E Primary Academy?

“Our school is a ‘basic need’ free school. It came about because the local authority thought there weren’t enough places for the children in Gloucestershire. The local authority had a plot of land that was designated for a school, and then looked for tenders to open the school. The Diocese of Gloucester Academy Trust was awarded the tender to set-up Clearwater Primary Academy.”

What is unique about the school?

Thu 9 December 2021

Inspection timelines

Ofsted have resumed their routine inspection cycles from September 2021 and recently announced that they’ve received extra funding by the Government to expedite inspections which were delayed by the pandemic, to help reassure parents that children’s learning is getting back on track.

Understandably, schools want to know how they’ll be affected.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 25 November 2021

For the competition, pupils debated the motion Farming can become carbon neutral in the future. In front of a panel of judges, students delivered an evidence-based response factoring in the scale of challenges facing the agriculture industry. Laurus Ryecroft beat four other schools on the award shortlist.

Located in Tameside, Greater Manchester, Laurus Ryecroft is a secondary free schools that opened in 2018. It is one of four free schools supported by the Laurus Trust.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 23 November 2021

Involving running, cycling and a final run, Sarah secured her first place and gold in the 50-54 British Age-Group in what was probably her best race ever and only her second international appearance, improving greatly from sixth place position previously in the European Champs last year in Punta Umbria.

Said Sarah: “I couldn't have hoped for a better race and with a year of injuries, no one could be more surprised than me, especially with the first run, a personal best of 19.20 for 5.1 km.

Tue 23 November 2021

Opening as a new school in the middle of the pandemic has been a challenging but incredibly rewarding time. We opened in September 2020 with Nursery and Reception, and this year have our first Year 1 class. Following huge demand from the local community for us to open other year groups, we will have Years 2 and 3 opening in September 2022.

Thu 11 November 2021

New Schools Network would like to extend our congratulations to Trinity Sixth Form Academy for receiving an 'Outstanding' Ofsted grade under the new inspection framework. The recent report marks a remarkable school turnaround for the school which opened in 2013 as The Maltings College and subsequently became part of the Trinity Multi-Academy Trust. The last time the school was inspected in 2018 it received a 'Requires Improvement' classification. 

Free Schools in the media
Wed 10 November 2021

The prize came about because Sixth Form Geography students led by Head of Geography Mr. Smith wanted to improve traffic flow around Pinner High School. Mr. Smith explained “If we can get more students on bikes and out of their cars it improves the air quality around the school, and reduces congestion which makes the journey to school safer.