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Free Schools in the media
Tue 10 September 2019

Cobham Free School junior pupils tested the AGP with a lap of honour and some sporting activities. They were joined by the school’s sixth formers, who are located in smart new state-ofthe-art accommodation at Munro House, located adjacent to the pitch. 
 
The AGP has been developed from a partnership between CFS and CRSA. Funding for the facility was raised from a successful bid for community infrastructure levy from Elmbridge Borough Council, and generous donations from Sports England and London Marathon charities.  
 

NSN News
Tue 10 September 2019

"It is brilliant that the Prime Minister has announced a new wave of free schools. The call to arms for parents, teacher and community groups focussed in areas that have not yet benefitted from the policy is welcome - revitalising the founding principles of the free school programme. We are looking forward to working with these groups across the country.

NSN News
Fri 6 September 2019

"Any organisation that receives public funding should be privy to scrutiny on their spending to ensure these vital resources are channelled where they are needed most. The success of MATs stems from their autonomy on decision making, but that model is reliant on an effective board. This must be made up of trustees with the right set of skills to able to hold a CEO to account. The Academy Ambassadors programme at NSN places highly experienced business leaders and professionals on MAT boards to bring their commercial acumen and strong financial stewardship."

NSN News
Fri 6 September 2019

"It is fantastic to see the Secretary of State reaffirm the importance of innovation in the free school policy, as well as to commit to more special and alternative provision free schools, as recommended in our recent report Free schools: the next 10 years

NSN News
Thu 5 September 2019

Responding to a new survey of multi-academy trusts by The Key, Director of New Schools Network, Unity Howard, said:

NSN News
Mon 2 September 2019

"It is vital that Government policy focusses on areas of the country that have been left behind and schools that have been struggling for decades. To deliver the high expectations parents want from our schools, equal scrutiny for Ofsted inspections is essential, particularly under the new framework.

NSN News
Tue 27 August 2019

"It is deeply concerning that 20% of families failed to gain a place at their first preference school as demonstrated in this report. It is an injustice that in many parts of the country, parents have no option other than to send their children to schools that are not good enough. Children only have one chance at an education and they must be able to have the best possible.