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NSN News
Thu 27 February 2020

"For the vast proportion of school leaders to be concerned about fairness in their admissions process is worrying. The system for school preferences shouldn’t be a complex web, locking out families from leading schools, but a system to empower parents to choose the best education for their child.

"Much of the work being done by schools should be highly commended and I am incredibly proud that disadvantaged pupils perform more highly at free schools than at other state-funded schools. But without fair access to high-performing schools for all pupils, social justice is lost.

Mon 17 February 2020

For principal designates (PDs) taking up post at a new free school opening in 2020, it can be easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day details of their school, whether this be their site, pupil recruitment or ensuring they have a functioning internet connection. PDs need to be able to see beyond these immediate obstacles so that they can remind themselves of why they first embarked on their free school journey and what they have to look forward to in their first year of opening.

Wed 12 February 2020

When groups are in the final stages of opening their free school, it is crucial that they feel prepared and confident for what faces them in the year ahead. The first day of this year’s two-day event for 2020 free school openers sought to give advice and reassurance to all pre-open groups in attendance through a crash course in everything free school: from admissions to pupil recruitment and the all-important readiness to open meeting (ROM). 

Out of site out of mind

Free Schools in the media
Wed 12 February 2020

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright said:

“Governors with no prior association with the school bring much to the table. Their board-level knowledge and experience help us plan and shape the strategic direction of the school’s educational offer and provision.

“School governors contribute significantly to students’ education, opportunities and their futures, and our educational offer advances thanks to their leadership experience and business expertise.”

 

Free Schools in the media
Wed 12 February 2020

This opens up the potential for the school’s senior department to decant from its current temporary accommodation in West Molesey and relocate to their permanent facility in Cobham ahead of the previously scheduled date of September 2021. The sixth form is already based at the Munro House site, following its successful opening in September 2019.

Fri 7 February 2020

The school building is something to behold - based partly in two new build wings, and partly in the stunning nineteenth-century Carmelite Convent (a former derelict convent that has been restored).

CFS educates over a thousand pupils, aged 4 to 19. Principal Louise New is keen to make the most of the all-through model of the school and realise the benefits of learning across phases. She took us through some of the things CFS is doing to provide the best all-through education to pupils.

 

Free Schools in the media
Thu 6 February 2020

Dixons Academies Trust CEO, Sir Nick Weller said:

Fri 31 January 2020

Can you tell us a bit about your background?