NSN News https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/ en New research shows impact of free schools https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/new-research-shows-impact-of-free-schools <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New research shows impact of free schools</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/22/2021 - 13:18</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>New <a href="https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Free%20schools%20FINAL%20report%20-%20Publication%20version.pdf">research released today by the National Foundation for Educational Research</a>, commissioned by New Schools Network, shows the positive impact free schools have had on the education system.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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.</p> <p>Findings show <strong>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</strong>.</p> <p>The report also shows that pupils at free schools are not typical of the wider sector: <strong>free school pupils are less likely to speak English as their first language, and pupils at secondary free schools are more likely to come from a disadvantaged background.</strong></p> <p>Research also shows that teachers in free schools are more likely to be younger, usually equated with poorer outcomes for students, which appears not to be the case at free schools which are the highest performing types of school at Key Stages 4 and 5.</p> <p><strong>In response to the findings, Unity Howard, Director of NSN, said:</strong></p> <p>“This report clearly shows how effective the free schools programme has been, particularly for the most disadvantaged children in the country. The evidence is clear: free schools have been instrumental in improving outcomes and giving parents genuine choice.</p> <p>“I hope the findings in this new research will be used by policy makers to set the future direction of the free schools programme in years to come. It is critical that future generations of free schools can continue the work of those already open to improve outcomes for more communities across the country.”</p> <h3><a href="https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Free%20schools%20FINAL%20report%20-%20Publication%20version.pdf">The full report can be read here. </a></h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:18:33 +0000 admin 10625 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Dixons free school in Manchester https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/dixons-free-school-in-manchester <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Dixons free school in Manchester</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>elliotclark-james</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/05/2021 - 09:25</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dixons Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust of 12 schools including primary, secondary, sixth form and all-through provision in Bradford and Leeds, has received approval to open a free school in Manchester. </p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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.</p> <p>“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.</p> <p>“We have a particular strength in the education of disadvantaged students and it is the gap in attainment between disadvantaged and other students which is currently compounding deprivation in Manchester and more widely in the north-west.”</p> <p><strong><em>Sir Nick Weller, CEO, Dixons Academies</em></strong></p> <p>“We are a values driven organisation, and our academies are communities with a strong sense of moral purpose.  Staff and students work hard, behave with integrity, and are positive team players.  Our strong shared culture and knowledge rich curriculum transform the life chances of our students.</p> <p>“Over the next five years, we plan to establish hubs in Liverpool and Manchester, and this free school is a key milestone.  Anyone unfamiliar with our schools can find out more by subscribing to our YouTube channel, Dixons OpenSource.”</p> <p><strong><em>Luke Sparkes, Executive Director, Dixons Academies</em></strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 09:25:08 +0000 elliotclark-james 10621 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Prestigious Musicians visit Langley Hall https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/prestigious-musicians-visit-langley-hall <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Prestigious Musicians visit Langley Hall</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/19/2020 - 13:23</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On Tuesday 13th of October 2020, Langley Hall Primary Academy were honoured with the visit of three very special guests - Debora Grundmann, Nicholas Korth and Nuno Carapina are three professional musicians who work with three top class institutions of this country, the Royal Opera House, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra, respectively.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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.</p> <p>The new Langley Hall Music Academy will offer a Musical Programme of Excellence giving students an opportunity to unlock their musical potential, develop their emotional and social skills and build their confidence whilst sharing their achievements proudly. By training and educating young musicians the aim to enrich the musical culture in our local community and inspire not only the students, but everyone involved.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/hero/public/2020-11/Langly1.jpg?h=41f55a5b&amp;itok=hUK9PmKh" width="880" height="585" alt="Langley Hall musicians" class="image-style-hero" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nuno was “very impressed with the facilities, the work of the team and indeed with the children” while Deborah expressed her most sincere wishes for the “very best of success” to the new Music Academy and how “it really was a joy to visit” the school. This was an extraordinary opportunity for Langley Hall students to be in touch with such remarkable professionals and to learn about their experiences within the Music industry.</p> <p>The school are also extremely honoured to have been offered the support and testimonial of conductor Martin Andre for the forthcoming project. Martin Andre is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and has more than 30 years of experience conducting orchestras and leading Opera productions all over the world, as well as being involved with and conducting Youth Orchestras.</p> <p>Carla Santos, Head of the new Langley Hall Music Academy, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved in arranging Tuesday’s visit and the prospect of a bright future for music making at Langley Hall Music Academy.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:23:17 +0000 admin 10560 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Shortlisted for the TES Schools Awards 2020: Pinner High School https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/shortlisted-for-the-tes-schools-awards-2020-pinner-high <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Shortlisted for the TES Schools Awards 2020: Pinner High School</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/29/2020 - 11:14</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2020. It&#039;s been revealed that Pinner High School has been shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year award.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Tes editor Ann Mroz said: “It is always a highlight of the education calendar to see the best ideas and people lauded at the Tes Schools Awards. But this year, it felt more important than ever to run an event that showcased and celebrated the hard work that teachers and school staff do for children and their local community every single day. This has been one of the most difficult years in education, but – as ever – teachers continue to rise to the challenge.</p> <p>"We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it's an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist."</p> <p>Sadly we cannot hold the awards night in person this year as we had planned. For the very first time, award winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday 13 November 2020.</p> <p>To see the full list of who's in the running, pick up a copy of this week's Tes, or visit <a href="http://www.tesawards.co.uk/">tesawards.co.uk</a></p> <p>Headteacher Chris Woolf commented: “This is an extraordinary achievement for the students and staff at Pinner High School. It reflects everything that everyone does every day and I am so proud of them all.” Chair of Governors Dr. Ahmed wanted to congratulate the whole school community. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:14:16 +0000 admin 10548 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Top East End sixth form celebrates Russell Group milestone https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/top-east-end-sixth-form-celebrates-russell-group-milestone-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Top East End sixth form celebrates Russell Group milestone</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>elliotclark-james</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:11</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Despite the tumult and anxiety surrounding this summer’s A-Level and GCSE results, London Academy of Excellence (LAE) Stratford is this week celebrating a landmark educational achievement.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Established in Newham in 2012, LAE’s vision and core purpose is to promote social and economic mobility through education by supporting students in one of the most deprived parts of the UK to secure places on competitive degree courses at top universities. Eight years on, LAE continues to do just that!</p> <p>Since the first cohort of sixth formers received their exam results back in 2014, LAE has sent more than 1000 students on to study a wide range of courses at prestigious Russell Group universities. Following final confirmation of this year’s universities offers and places, LAE now has alumni studying at all 24 Russell Group universities for the first time.</p> <p>From Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Edinburgh, to Cardiff University and Imperial College London, the 24 elite research-intensive universities that make up the Russell Group cover the length and breadth of the UK and offer a world-class education to their students.</p> <p>LAE Headteacher, Scott Baker, commented: “this is a terrific achievement and an important milestone for the school. Despite significant progress in recent years in terms of widening participation and access to HE, the achievement gap remains stubbornly wide with students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds several times less likely to progress to top destinations. LAE has shown that economic disadvantage need not be a barrier to success.”</p> <p>The school’s success is heartening news for those concerned about the earnings and attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers, a gap highlighted by The Social Mobility Commission’s recent report, The Long Shadow of Deprivation, and one which risks being exacerbated further by the Covid-19 pandemic unless urgent action is taken.</p> <p>Deputy Head (Academic) Claudia Harrison said “There isn’t a secret formula for this success! Students come to LAE with good GCSE results, having been well-taught in excellent Newham secondary schools. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to access places on high demand courses at top universities.</p> <p>We teach a range of challenging A-Level subjects that sit at the heart of a unique extended curriculum that includes lectures, sports, clubs, independent school partnership projects, student leadership networks and much more. So not only do LAE students get the high grades they need to meet their university offers, they are well-rounded and resilient enough to thrive when they get to university and beyond.”</p> <p>Additional Information</p> <p>• In 2020, 96% of A-Level grades were A*-B and the average grades was an A+</p> <p>• 15% of 2020 leavers secured places at Oxford or Cambridge colleges, and 30+ are embarking on Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine courses.</p> <p>• LAE is in the top 1% of all schools nationally for value-added.</p> <p>• LAE is supported by HSBC and partnered with six of the UK’s leading independent schools, including Brighton College, Caterham School, Eton College, Forest School, Highgate School and University College School.</p> <p>• LAE is an academically-focused and high-achieving sixth form in Stratford, East London, located right next to Stratford station and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.</p> <p>• Applications for September 2021 entry open on 2nd November. For more information about upcoming events and the application process, please visit www.lae.ac.uk or search: ‘LAE Stratford’.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:11:07 +0000 elliotclark-james 10547 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Nansledan School featured in Homertonian Magazine https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/nansledan-school-featured-in-homertonian-magazine-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nansledan School featured in Homertonian Magazine </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>elliotclark-james</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:46</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Vicky Dilnot became the first Head of Nansledan School, built to serve the new Nansledan development on Duchy of Cornwall land outside Newquay, in September 2019.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>You completed your PGCE at Homerton in 2002. What has your career trajectory been since then? </strong></p> <p>I initially did middle school training, specialising in Maths. I had previously done a psychology degree and had run activity groups for children with learning difficulties for years. I could not imagine not working with children in some capacity, and when I started teaching in primary schools, I fell in love with how creative you were able to be.</p> <p>After several years of teaching, I worked for Nottinghamshire Council as a Primary Strategy Consultant, and then went back to school initially as Deputy Head and then a Headteacher of a Nottinghamshire primary.</p> <p>We had been looking for an opportunity to move to Cornwall as a family, and it was the right time in terms of my husband’s work and our own children’s education, when I was offered the role of Head at Nansledan. It was a dream come true to lead a school from its infancy.</p> <p><strong>What is different about the school from what was previously available to families in the area? </strong></p> <p>Operated by the Aspire Academy Trust, it is the first new-build free school in Cornwall. As a result, we had the opportunity to look afresh at what the curriculum should provide. We aim to equip the children for the jobs of the future, nurturing intelligent, employable global citizens who demonstrate social competence, a desire for learning and respect for each other and the world around them. Through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths) curriculum, children are engaged in learning and research which is inquiry-based and has a purpose. A number of families who had previously chosen to homeschool their children were attracted by the curriculum.</p> <p>The school was built to serve Nansledan, a newly developed extension to Newquay created on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Sustainability is at the centre of the community development, which forces us to look at everything from first principles. Is it possible for a school to be plastic-free? Can we grow our own food? This focus on environmental concerns was also a big attraction for lots of families.</p> <p><strong>Were most of the places taken by children moving into the new development, or did you have a wider catchment area? </strong></p> <p>There are a huge number of houses going up and being filled with young families, but we’ve also had lots of interest from further afield. We opened with five classes last September, and quickly had to add another. We initially just had one mixed Key Stage 2 class of 31 children, but it then became apparent that there was a local shortage of Year 5/6 spaces, so we created a Year 5/6 class.</p> <p><strong>Having opened with huge fanfare at the beginning of the year you were then, like every school, confronted with the extraordinary challenge of the pandemic. What happened, and how have you approached the problem of providing a remote education? </strong></p> <p>We had a week when we were shut completely, sending pupils home with suggested activities. We then became a key worker hub school, looking after the children of key workers from four separate local schools. From June, we then provided spaces exclusively for children of the Nansledan key worker families and had pupil numbers in the high 60s throughout.</p> <p>We were lucky – because we’re part of Aspire, we had experts working on developing materials suitable for home learning, which we were able to personalise. But when it became clear that the situation was going to last for longer than a few weeks, we also developed our use of Google classrooms, which was much more reciprocal. However, some families don’t have the technology to allow their children online access, or parents are trying to work from home and need the family computer themselves. So, we had to provide a number of alternative offline activities as well. We also had teachers making phone calls to vulnerable families, or to children who weren’t otherwise engaging with school, to check that they were ok.</p> <p>It’s obviously been a challenge, but we’re used to problem solving and we always knew it was going to be a year of change! We’ve got a fantastic team of staff who are committed to growing the school from the ground up. The Nansledan philosophy is “I’ll either find a way or make one.” We never thought ‘we can’t do this’ – we knew we could find a way.</p> <p><strong>What concerns do you have about the impact on this cohort of children, who have missed so much time in school? </strong></p> <p>It’s such an unknown impact. Whichever category they fall into, and whether they have been attending school or not, their world has been turned upside down. In terms of schooling, you have to put that to one side while we address everyone’s wellbeing and reconnect as a community. We’re a ‘Trauma Informed’ school, and everyone has been through a form of trauma over the past few months. We will need to encourage children to talk about what they’ve been through before you think about filling the gaps in their learning.</p> <p>But on the flip side, lots of them have learned lots of new skills. We’ve heard from pupils who are really excited because they’ve made spaghetti bolognaise for the first time, or grown some vegetables, or learned to ride a bike. For some, it’s been a really valuable time.</p> <p><strong>What do you think school will look like in September? </strong></p> <p>There will be a period of uncertainty for the area – Newquay airport is a big employer, so the downturn in the aviation industry will have a big knock-on effect. It’s a deprived area which is very dependent on tourism, so lack of travel may slow down or accelerate families moving to Nansledan – we just don’t know.</p> <p>We have to plan for a number of possibilities. As a new school we have a big intake across the board, not just in Reception. Usually we would be inviting those children in to visit, and organising home visits so that teachers can get to know their families. None of that can happen, so we’ll find alternative ways to ensure that they feel properly welcomed. The curriculum will have to adapt and respond to what the world looks like.</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="https://assets.isu.pub/document-structure/200827134120-0e4101ee699a33c965b35077e86a210c/v1/d3bf1ced9f319d4719c8f51eedc56483.jpg" /></p> <p>Vicky welcomes The Prince of Wales to the school After a term and a half of establishing itself, winning awards for its design and welcoming a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales, the school found itself closed to most pupils in response to the pandemic. </p> <p><img src="https://assets.isu.pub/document-structure/200827134120-0e4101ee699a33c965b35077e86a210c/v1/8b73f755d887ccdc46bfc995f0118438.jpg" /></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:46:35 +0000 elliotclark-james 10534 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org NSN celebrates 51 new free schools opening in September https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/nsn-celebrates-51-new-free-schools-opening-in-september <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">NSN celebrates 51 new free schools opening in September</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/26/2020 - 07:59</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Government today announced 51 new free schools will be opening their doors for the first time in September. These schools join a cohort of over 500 open free schools – the top performing type of state school at GCSE and A level, as well as being more likely to be rated Outstanding.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Schools that are opening next month that were supported by NSN include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://liverpoolmathsschool.org/"><strong>University of Liverpool Maths School</strong></a>, the first specialist mathematics school in the North of England. Following the great success of 16-19 maths free schools in London and Exeter, the Liverpool Maths School will develop problem solving, analytical thinking and solution creation skills by teaching maths, further maths and physics A levels. Through an Aspiring Mathematicians Programme, students will have access to masterclasses with university lecturers, support from PhD students, and preparation for careers in STEM. </li> <li><strong><a href="https://watling.academy/">The Watling Academy</a>, </strong>a brand new secondary school opening in Milton Keynes. Once full, it will cater for 1,800 11-16 year olds. The school plans to place Milton Keynes at the heart of its curriculum, using local history and the existing growth plans to equip students with the necessary skills to contribute to local and broader society. Watling Academy has a focus on STEM subjects, and plans to promote environmental issues and sustainability to its pupils. </li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baderacademy.org/">Bader Academy</a></strong> is a new special free school opening in Doncaster. The school will provide places for children and young people aged 5-19 with diagnosed Communication and Interaction Difficulties. The school, named after local war hero Sir Douglas Bader, will provide a bespoke curriculum to prepare students for later life, including social skills and independence. Alongside a child-centred curriculum, the school will provide innovative approaches to meet all needs, such as immersive environments and sensory integration.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said:</strong></p> <p>“This is excellent news for families across the country. We know how popular free schools are with parents, owing to their phenomenal success, and it is fantastic that thousands more children will be able to access something different and something better in their local community.</p> <p>“Opening a new school is, rightly, a challenging process – but I want to pay tribute to the teams behind these schools that have faced additional strain since the outbreak of the pandemic. From construction projects paused in lockdown to virtual recruitment, this cohort of new free schools has done a truly remarkable job in ensuring they are ready to welcome new children in September.</p> <p>“New Schools Network remains available to support these free schools as they grow in the coming years, and we look forward to sharing their successes along the way.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/alternative-provision" hreflang="en">Alternative Provision</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/special-educational-needs" hreflang="en">Special Educational Needs</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Wed, 26 Aug 2020 07:59:41 +0000 admin 10462 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org GCSE Celebrations at Chichester Free School https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/gcse-celebrations-at-chichester-free-school-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">GCSE Celebrations at Chichester Free School</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>elliotclark-james</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/20/2020 - 10:45</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Year 11 pupils at Chichester Free School (CFS) have received their GCSE results today, and have been celebrating their achievements with their teachers, friends and family.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>[[{"fid":"33404","view_mode":"wysiwyg","fields":{"format":"wysiwyg","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"CFSgcse","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Students and teachers celebrate GCSE results day"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"wysiwyg","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"CFSgcse","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Students and teachers celebrate GCSE results day"}},"attributes":{"alt":"CFSgcse","title":"Students and teachers celebrate GCSE results day","height":525,"width":700,"class":"media-element file-wysiwyg","data-delta":"1"}}]]</p> <p>Whilst the pupils were unable to sit the actual exams this summer, their results have been issued using centre assessed grades based on pupils’ performance throughout all of their lessons, coursework, and mock examinations over the last two years.</p> <p>The School has achieved strong results across the board, with particular success in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art and Food &amp; Nutrition. Top performing students, Ruben Pogosian and Bibiana Fenton have both achieved eight Grade 9s and three other top grades each. Ruben also has the outstanding achievement of a perfect Attainment 8 score of 90 points. Michael Hambleton has also been celebrating academic excellence today with six Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and two Grade 7s. All three are going on to study A Levels in local sixth forms.</p> <p>CFS are also celebrating many other notable individual performances today, including excellent progress and personal achievements for Olivia Pritchard, Millie Boxall, Thomas Appleby, Jack Thompson and Henry Wallis.</p> <p>Principal, Louise New, says, ‘It has been a difficult week for these young people, and their teachers, having to see the controversy surrounding examination results play out in the Media. I really hope that none of this takes away from the importance of today, and the pupils’ success. I have reminded Year 11 today that, even though they were unable to sit the exams, they have achieved these grades and deserve to be extremely proud of their achievements.’</p> <p>‘It was wonderful to see so many of them in school this morning – we had to say goodbye so suddenly in March when we went into lockdown. Today we have been celebrating some exceptional results, both in terms of academic excellence and individual triumphs. It is sometimes difficult to not get lost behind the numbers, statistics and analysis, but today is about the pupils – the real faces, experiences and journeys behind the headlines.’</p> <p>‘I continue to be immensely proud of the whole staff team for their passion and commitment in teaching these young people and responding with such resilience and creativity when we were forced to close our doors to most pupils in March.’</p> <p>‘Today has opened many doors for our Year 11 cohort, and I wish them all well as they embark on their next chapter.’</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:45:37 +0000 elliotclark-james 10453 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Hoe Valley School GCSE Results Day https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/hoe-valley-school-gcse-results-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hoe Valley School GCSE Results Day </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>elliotclark-james</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/20/2020 - 10:41</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hoe Valley School in Woking was delighted to open its doors this morning to provide its founding cohort of students with their GCSE results. Many Woking residents will remember the build up to the School opening as news of the new Free School spread. This has been a year like no other, but especially for Hoe Valley School seeing its first students through to their GCSEs. Following the nationwide lockdown, it was wonderful to be able to share their results with them in person, socially distanced of course! Whilst the School was open to Key Worker’s children throughout the bulk school closure period, and was also finally able to welcome back Year 10 students for face to face time with their teachers in the final weeks of the Summer 2020 term, but this opportunity to celebrate Year 11’s success with them has been priceless.</p> <p>Mrs Jane Davies, Head Teacher of Hoe Valley School, commented, “I am immensely proud of all our young women and men of Hoe Valley School. The majority of our students have travelled with us on a five year journey starting in porta cabins in Woking Park, having a delayed move to our permanent site and then dealing with a major flood as well as the challenges of the current year; we are extremely proud of their resilience and feel privileged to have played a supportive role in developing such wonderful young people. As our Class of 2020 take their next steps we look forward to keeping in contact with them through the HVS Alumni and hearing of their further successes. We wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their journey.” </p> <p>Just some notable successes amongst many include:</p> <p>Alex D; 4 grade 9s, Four Grade 8s.</p> <p>Leila G; Six Grade 9s, Three Grade 8s.</p> <p>Lauren L; Two Grade 9s, Seven Grade 8s.</p> <p>Rhiannon K; Four Grade 9s, Six Grade 8s.</p> <p>Akshaana M; Six Grade 9s, Three Grade 8s.</p> <p>Harry M; Two Grade 9s, Two Grade 8s.</p> <p>Isaac B-W; Seven Grade 9s, one Grade 8s</p> <p>Niamh W; Two Grade 9s, six Grade 8s</p> <p>Merel B; Two Grade 9s, Three Grade 8s</p> <p>Max S-S; Two Grade 9s, Three Grade 8s </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:41:39 +0000 elliotclark-james 10451 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org Holy Trinity School GCSE Results https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org/what-are-free-schools/free-school-news/holy-trinity-school-gcse-results <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Holy Trinity School GCSE Results </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>elliotclark-james</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/20/2020 - 10:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/hero/public/Holy_Trinity__GCSE1.jpg?h=ca19860a&amp;itok=JAWxaN52" width="880" height="585" alt="" class="image-style-hero" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-introduction field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Students at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster are looking forward to taking up their places in Sixth Form and continuing their education journey.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Having received their results, students commented: </p> <p>“I had a pit in my stomach which has now been completely filled.” said Shaun Hennell.</p> <p>“I feel alright.” said Rupert Dale.</p> <p>“I was nervous but now I’m really happy.” added Katie Evans.  </p> <p>Deputy Head Mrs Rebecca Da Costa commented: “Despite it being a difficult few months I’m delighted with the GCSE results students have achieved today. They are now able to embark on their next steps in September with Holy Trinity Sixth Form now full. Students can go and enjoy the remainder of their holidays ready for the start of term on Thursday 3rd September.”</p> <p>Holy Trinity’s Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, added: “I am really pleased that despite the uncertainty surrounding public exams, students have been awarded grades that reflect their efforts and which have enabled them to move through to Sixth Form or college. I am delighted that we have so many of our Year 11 students transitioning to our Sixth Form and look forward to continuing the educational journey with them.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-school-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">School type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/schooltype/mainstream" hreflang="en">Mainstream</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">News type</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/newstype/free-schools-in-the-media" hreflang="en">Free Schools in the media</a></div> </div> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:32:15 +0000 elliotclark-james 10450 at https://www.newschoolsnetwork.org