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Thu 16 August 2018

Last year, King's Maths School placed top of the Times league table after securing the best A level results in the country. This year, another cohort of students have achieved exceptional results, with 58% A* grades, 88% A*-A grades and 95% A*-B grades. Students also celebrated stunning results in maths and further maths, with 95% A*-A grades.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 10 August 2018

Multi-million pounds plans to build two new free schools in Bolton have been revealed to meet an ‘urgent need’ for school places. The plans are for a 900-place secondary school and a 420-place primary school. The Great Lever Primary School would be opened by Vantage Academy Trust, which governs the outstanding SS Simon and Jude’s School in Great Lever. The secondary school would be sponsored by King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington.

Thu 9 August 2018

In September 2017, I moved from a girls’ day school in London to a coeducational boarding school in Surrey.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 3 August 2018

An innovative European school in Culham has celebrated fantastic results. Students at the Europa School recorded an average of 81.8% in their European Baccalaureate exams. The qualification involves students studying between 10 and 14 subjects and to be fully bilingual in two languages. It is only offered at accredited ‘European schools’. There are only 14 of these school across Europe and Europa is the first one in the UK.

Wed 1 August 2018

Since free schools first established their roots in the autumn of 2011, the programme has expanded and evolved. Comparing data from 2011 and 2018 highlights the changes that have taken place and what has remained constant.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 26 July 2018

The Fermain Academy, opened in 2015 for pupils with behavioural and attendance problems, has achieved an Outstanding report from Ofsted. The free school, specifically set up to support children who struggle within mainstream education, was praised for their ‘impeccable’ behaviour and school leadership. Nic Brindle, headteacher, said: ‘It’s a cracking report. It’s the first inspection we’ve had so we are very pleased.’ He added that the next step is to become a example for all AP schools across the country. 

Free Schools in the media
Fri 20 July 2018

The staff and students at the City of London Academy, Highgate Hill will be playing their part in reducing the use of plastic by giving away water bottles, which will form part of the school’s uniform. When staff and students return from their summer holidays in September they will each be given a water bottle; this initiative will reduce the use of single use plastic and their carbon footprint.

Fri 20 July 2018

On Wednesday 27th June, Cathedral Primary School (CPS) in Bristol welcomed leaders from open and pre-open free schools from around the country as part of a NSN Spotlight event. Located in the heart of Bristol, CPS provides opportunities for children to experience an outstanding, personalised and enriched education with a special emphasis on music.