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Thu 23 May 2013


GOVERNMENT approval has been given for a new free school to open in the south Wight in September next year.

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove was this morning (Wednesday) due to officially announce that the Island Free School secondary school was among a list of free school projects across the country given the go-ahead.

It means that at least two free schools are set to open on the Island, with plans already approved to open The Studio School in East Cowes in September next year.

Thu 23 May 2013


A free school for special needs children will open in Chatham in September 2014.

The Inspire Special Free School will initially have 40 places and be based next to Silverbank Park in Churchill Avenue.

Pupil numbers will eventually rise to 80.

The Oaks building at that school will become a part of the free school, with the rest of the school being built using funds from the government.

Thu 23 May 2013


Education Secretary Michael Gove today approved dozens of new “free schools” in London which will deliver an extra 22,000 classroom places.

Mr Gove announced that a further 102 new schools could open across the country from September next year, of which 46 will be in the capital.

London Councils has estimated the city needs an extra 118,000 school places by 2016 to avoid a crisis.

Any group can apply to open a free school using government cash. Teachers, parents, charities, faith groups and even a DJ have shown interest.

Wed 22 May 2013


A 500-year-old grammar school in Lancashire has been approved for free school status by the Department for Education (DfE).

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School (QEGS) in Blackburn will become a free school from September 2014.

It means the school, which currently charges fees of £10,000 a year, will become state-funded while remaining free of local authority control.

Headmaster Simon Corns said it was "a great day" in the school's history.

The governors believe free school status will allow QEGS to offer education to a wider group of students.

Wed 22 May 2013


A bid to build a new free school for 180 children in north Kingston has this morning been approved by the Department for Education.

Members of the Kingston Educational Trust (KET) - a partnership between Kingston University, Kingston College and Education Kingston - were told early today that their application for a co-educational, non-selective and non faith school on the site of the North Kingston Centre in Richmond Road had been successful.

The new school is expected to open in September 2014.

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Wed 22 May 2013


TWO free schools have been given the go-ahead in Worcestershire after the government announced its latest round of approved applications.

Holy Trinity International School in Kidderminster will become free school from September 2014, while Aspire Academy has also been granted permission to open a school in the county under the status.

HTIS headteacher, Pamela Leek-Wright, said it was “fantastic” news for the school and for the local community.

Wed 22 May 2013


A music school for deprived teenagers in east London and two schools for autistic children are among the latest free schools in England to be approved.

From 2014, 102 new free schools are set to open after being granted approval from the Department for Education.

England currently has 81 free schools, with another 109 set to open in September.

Labour and some teaching unions say the expansion is failing to address a lack of primary places.

Wed 22 May 2013


The Department for Education announced today (May 22) that the Secretary of State Michael Gove has approved the application by a group of local parents and teachers to open a new local secondary school, Harperbury Free School.