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Millbay Academy, an all-through school in Plymouth’s Coastal Quarter. The school is part of the Reach South family of schools. Reach South Academy Trust exists to provide schools that serve their local community; offering parents and guardians access to the highest quality of local schools for their children.
Whitelands Academy is part of the White Horse Federation and aims to provide children with the best possible education and the securest of environments. It has 1,200 places for pupils aged 11-16 in Oxfordshire. They aim to combine the best of tried-and-tested methodology with new and innovative ways of teaching.
Westvale Park Primary Academy is part of Aurora Academies Trust, who are sponsored by Pansophic Learning. It is a two-form entry primary and nursery, with an admission number of 60 for entry in reception. It is an inclusive school, with a unique humanities curriculum called Paragon. This immersive curriculum will allow pupils to experience a journey in time, cultures and geographical locations.
Waverley Junior Academy is a mainstream primary school in Rotherham for pupils in Reception to Year 6. Pupils are given access to a knowledge led curriculum which has been organised through and approach which considers what pupils need to succeed in modern Britain. The school provides up to 420 places.
Watling Academy is part the Denbigh Alliance Multi-Academy Trust. The school offers 1800 places for 11-16 year olds in Milton Keynes and supports the trust's mission of Education, Care and Opportunity for all students.
Two Rivers CofE Primary School is part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. It has a Church of England ethos and is open to everyone, with places for 420 pupils in Bath and North East Somerset. Pupils enjoy access to the trust’s fantastic facilities at its other schools, for example science experience days at IKB Academy and sports events at the Wellsway Sport Centre.
The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School has been opened by The Castle Partnership Trust and offers 420 places for pupils aged 2-11. The trust and school are committed to ensuring that every child achieves, belongs and participates in the community.
Stoneham Park Academy is a 315 place primary academy for children aged 4-11. They are sponsored by the University of Winchester and has opened in the heart of the new North Stoneham development in Eastleigh. The school aims to nurture curiousity among all its students.
Springhead Park is a two form entry primary and nursery offering 420 places to pupils. It is part of The Primary First Trust. The school is built on four main cornerstones: academic success, an enquiry-led curriculum, learning beyond the classroom and using technology to enrich the learning experience.
Spa Camberwell is a school for 120 pupils aged 5-16 with Autism. Part of the Spa Education Trust, the school is situated in South London and is modeled on the trust's successful Spa School Bermondsey.
School of Science and Technology Maidstone is open to 180 Year 7 students and offers a broad and balanced curriculum. The state-of-the-art specialist facility that the school offers enables students to develop STEM based skills and knowledge. The school aims to give students the opportunities to thrive as community members, explore personal interests and have an excellent education. It has been opened by the Valley Invicta Academies Trust.
Roundswell Community Primary Academy provides 420 primary school places in Devon. The school engages pupils in a modern and internationally-minded curriculum and works closely with parents children develop to their potential.
Rosecliffe Spencer Academy is a primary school that has been opened by The Spencer Academies Trust. The school believes in the ability of every student to shine and will encourage all students to become critical thinkers. Pupils will also be encouraged to nurture a special talent and attend events, as part of the school's enrichment programme.
The Norton Hill Primary School is part of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnerships and offers 630 places for pupils aged 4-11. It specialises in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Forest School and outdoor learning.
North Brent School is a secondary school that has 1150 places for pupils aged 11-19. The school has a strong academic ethos and is modeled on the trust's succesful and highly oversubscribed Wembley High.
Hujjat Primary School is Muslim faith designated school in Harrow and will serve 420 pupils when full. The school follows a curriculum where developing character is at the heart.
Highfields Spencer Academy is a one form entry primary school and is part of The Spencer Academies Trust. The curriculum is based around a new text which children will receive every half term, fostering a love of books and literature. The school also has links with universities and aims to provide pupils with opportunities to learn about different cultures and countries.
Harris Academy Clapham is a secondary school for pupils aged 11-16 in Clapham. It has been opened by the Harris Federation which is the top performing large multi-academy trust. They will work closely with Harris Clapham Sixth Form (opening September 2021), ensuring that their students are able to move on to the best A-level and vocational teaching available in London.
Green Park Village Primary Academy has 420 places for 4-11 year olds in Reading with additional Nursery places being offered at a later date. It is being opened as part of REAch2, which is the largest primary only academy trust in the country, currently supporting 59 primary academies across England.
Glendinning Academy has been sponsored by Wave Multi Academy Trust and will cater to pupils aged 7-19 with social, communication and Autism needs. The school provides a personalsied supportive environment and the curriculum emphasises nature, with an outdoor learning focus.
GEMS Wantage Primary Academy is a mainstream primary school opening in Wantage, Oxfordshire. The school provides a caring, nurturing, all-inclusive atmosphese which offers exceptionally high-quality education. The school aims to grow a diverse and creative educational community where belonging is encouraged and believing is nurtured.
The Fusion Academy provides places for 80 pupils aged 7-19 in Leicestershire with communication and interaction needs and/ or autism. The school has been opened by Open Thinking Partnership, who operate the Outstanding Dorothy Goodman School Hinckley.
The Workplace is an alternative provision free school offering 94 secondary places when at full capacity. It is part of The Sabden Multi-Academy Trust. The school is industry driven and supported by strong partnerships, which enables pupils to experience simulated work environments and gain entrepreneurial skills as part of a broad an balanced curriculum. Pupils wear work appropriate uniforms, adhere to workplace behaviour standards and undertake probationary reviews.
Foxfields Academy is a specialist all through school for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) aged 5 to 16 years with an EHCP. The school will initially open for lower school pupils only, expanding in 2021 to accept EYFS and upper school pupils. Foxfields Academy will provide a tailored curriculum designed to prepare pupils to be confident and successful individuals who are prepared for life after school.
Beauchamp City Sixth From caters to 350 pupils aged 16-19 in Leicestershire. It is part of the Lionheart Academies Trust and aims to provide a traditional, academic curriculum which will facilitate entry to prestigious universities and apprenticeships. The school also offers work experience internships through their relations with local universities and businesses.
APSoL is England's first primary school to provide a bilingual curriculum in English and Portuguese in the UK. The school opened in September 2020 for children in Reception, with the aim of growing year-on-year, having 420 places for children from Reception to Year 6, with all levels of language abilities from London and the surrounding areas. The new school offers an innovative and exciting curriculum founded in research into bilingual education and grounded by the principles of the National Curriculum.
West Bromwich Collegiate Academy is a five form entry secondary school in Sandwell. The school, which opened in 2019, has an innovative and technologically rich curriculum, supported by Microsoft. They also offer the ‘Literacy for Life’ model which gives students the same teacher in Year 7 and 8 for 13-17 hours a week, with subjects brought together and taught thematically in mixed ability classes. The school is part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, who run several other schools in the area.
Poppyfield Primary Academy is located in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, and was opened in 2019 to serve a new housing development in the area. The one form entry primary is part of the Victoria Academies Trust, who oversee several primaries in the West Midlands. Poppyfield Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum and also works to create a sense of community through learning projects about the local area.
Streethay Primary School is a one form entry primary in Lichfield, Staffordshire that opened in 2019. The school strives to encourage children to develop an enquiring mind through a creative curriculum. The school is led by the Shaw Education Trust, who run several schools in the area. Shaw Trust, the sponsor of Shaw Education Trust, is a national employment, learning and skills charity, which works to transform the lives of young people and adults in the UK and internationally.
Tudor Grange Primary Academy Meon Vale is a two form entry primary based in Stratford-Upon-Avon that opened in 2019. The school focuses on creating a positive environment and culture of respect to secure high academic achievement. The school’s is located on the former Ministry of Defence site at Long Marston, which was occupied by the Army Engineering Corp.
Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham is run by the Star Academies Trust and was opened in 2019. The Muslim faith secondary school aims to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. The school offers 600 places for girls aged 11-16.
North Worcester Primary Academy was set up by the Rivers CofE Multi-Academy Trust in 2019. It has two forms of entry, as well as a 26-place nursery. The school uses the curriculum model of the Northwick Manor Primary, another school in the trust.
Shireland Technology Primary in Smethwick is a two form entry primary which opened in 2019. It is part of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and offers an innovative technology focused curriculum. This includes Flipped Learning, where teachers use an online portal to share resources with pupils before they arrive in lessons. This helps students demonstrate their understanding of topics and allows teachers to identify knowledge gaps.
Lower Farm Academy is a primary school in Nuneaton which opened in 2019. It is part of REAch2, the largest primary only academy trust in England. The school was opened to serve a new housing development in the area. Lower Farm has two forms of entry and 26 nursery places. Through working with the local community, the school hopes that its pupils will become responsible, well-rounded citizens for now and the future.
CST Trinity Academy in Bristol is a secondary school with a sixth form that opened in 2019. The school is part of the Cathedral Schools Trust, who also run Bristol Cathedral Choir School. CST Trinity focuses on ensuring all students achieve their academic and personal potential through a curriculum that prepares them for working life, while also giving them creative learning opportunities through the school's music specialism.
Akaal Primary School is located in Derby and has a Sikh ethos. The school, which opened in 2015, was started by a local community group. It has two forms of entry and follows the National Curriculum, with special emphasis on literacy. Akaal also runs a Parliament system for its students and has a Forest School where the children can enjoy outdoors activities.
The Mendip School is a special school in Shepton Mallet, catering for pupils aged 4-19 who have been diagnosed with austism or Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The school, which opened in 2015, is part of The Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust and can cater for up to 120 pupils. There is a strong emphasis upon vocational pathways so that pupils can develop those skills which will be important for them in adult life.
West Didsbury CE School is a primary school in West Didsbury, Manchester. The school opened in 2015 and has two forms of entry. As part of the St. James and Emmanuel Academy Trust, the school has a strong Christian ethos, with a vision tailored around belonging, believing and becoming.
The Kingston Academy is an 11-19 secondary school in Surrey. The school, which opened in 2015, can cater for up to 1,180 pupils and was established by Kingston University, Kingston College and Kingston Council. Its curriculum includes Digital Literacy and Philosophy as core subjects for all pupils as well as five 'Going Beyond' principles: physical and mental wellbeing, community and culture, personal skills, work related learning and creative expression.
Wolverhampton Vocational Training Centre is a 16-19 special school in Wolverhampton which caters for children with emotional, behavioural or complex cognitive needs. The school opened in 2015 as part of the Central Learning Partnership Trust. With only 25 young people in each year group at the school and no more than five pupils per class, the school is able to deliver highly personalised learning programmes based around their future employment goals.
A primary school in Thurrock. The school, which opened in 2014, was established by the Harris Federation, which runs a number of highly successful Academies and free schools. It will serve 420 pupils when full. The school provides a breakfast and after school club, staying open from 7.45am until 6.00pm, and also has its own nursery.
Titan Aston Academy is an alternative provision school for 13 to 16 year olds in Birmingham. The school, which opened in 2018, can cater for up to 50 young people who are not thriving in mainstream education. The school seeks to engage its pupils through dynamic teaching, collaborative working, stimulating experiences, effective feedback and accurate assessment. Each student is also allocated to one of the four houses at the school, all of which are named after people of note from Birmingham.
London Enterprise Academy is a secondary school for those aged 11-16 in Tower Hamlets, London. The school, which opened in 2014, was established by a group of parents and teachers to extend opportunities to children in one of London's most deprived communities. It can cater for up to 600 pupils and aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs by working closely with local businesses.
Avanti Gardens School is an all-through 4-16 school in Bristol. The school, which opened in 2019, is part of the successful Avanti Schools Trust and can cater for up to 624 pupils. Avanti Gardens has a strong focus on arts, crafts and outdoor learning as well as on its three-fold path: educational excellence, character formation and spiritual insight.
The Heights Primary School opened in Reading in 2014. The school was set up by a local community group and can cater for up to 350 pupils. The Heights follows the national curriculum for literacy and numeracy, with non-core subjects taught throught the creative curriculum, which allows pupils to make cross-curricular links in their learning.
The Elland Academy is an all-through alternative provision school for those aged 3-19 in Leeds. The school, which opened in 2014, is part of the Delta Academies Trust and can cater for up to 126 pupils who are not thriving in mainstream education. Class sizes are no larger than eight pupils and standards and the school strives to provide a curriculum that respects the needs of all pupils as well as one that encourages young people to seek continuous development and improvement.
Set Ixworth School is a secondary for those aged 11-16 in Suffolk. The school, which opened in 2014, is part of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust and can cater for up to 600 pupils. The school curriculum is designed to provide a broad range of skills that will give students a strong foundation for the rest of the working and learning lives. Set Ixworth believes that enrichment activities can help broaden a student's horizons, with activities on offer including Duke of Edinburgh, British Sign Language and Lawn Bowls.
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Harmonize is an Outstanding alternative provision free school in Liverpool for 13-16 years olds who have struggled to thrive in a mainstream setting.
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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.
Findings show 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.
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.
“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.
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.