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Fri 4 February 2022

Can you tell us about the original idea behind ACE Tiverton School?

“I was appointed after the free school application had been completed. But essentially the purpose for us existing was to meet the need in Devon to support students with SEN, particularly with significant housing expansion going on. We are one of three new schools, planned and developed over the past 3 years.”

What is unique about the school?

NSN News
Tue 1 February 2022

“As our report published last year showed, too many families simply do not have the opportunity to access a high-quality education. That is why it is right for new specialists 16-19 free schools to be prioritised in areas of limited provision and high deprivation.

Thu 27 January 2022

Tell us about the original idea behind your school?

“I was not involved in the original idea for the school, but it came about because Saracens rugby club, who were a nomadic rugby club that played all over the place, wanted a home. Barnet gave them a permanent home and someone within the organisation thought it would be good to establish a legacy for the club, so they looked to establish a school. Barnet needed a school in an area of real deprivation, so this was an exciting opportunity to build a legacy and make a real impact.”

Free Schools in the media
Wed 26 January 2022

LAE students have worked incredibly hard to receive offers to 21 different courses at Oxford and Cambridge, including our first ever offers for Computer Science, Human Sciences and Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic.  

Over half of the students represent the first generation in their family to gain a place at a university. Half of the offer-holding students attended secondary school in the London Borough of Newham, one of the poorest in the capital. One third of the students have been eligible for free school meals during their secondary education.  

Thu 20 January 2022

Tell us about the original idea behind your school?

“Our school has originated from demographic need in the Cheltenham area for secondary school places. It is a presumptive free school supported by the Balcarras Trust, which applied for sponsorship in 2018.”

What is unique about The High School at Leckhampton?

“There is a tremendous amount of parental engagement and support, and that strong feeling of community underpins the school.

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.