LAE’s students have broken records for the 5th year running, with 37 students, almost half of this year’s applicants, receiving offers to study at Cambridge and Oxford colleges in 2020. This takes the school to a total of 129 offers since its first cohort received their university offers in 2014.
Free schools in the Media
Under Ofsted's new framework, which came into effect in September, it is now much harder for schools to achieve the top rating. Indeed, a number of schools inspected this term have seen their ratings fall under the tougher and more challenging framework.
Westside School has bucked the trend with a highly positive report in which it is judged Outstanding in every category. The inspectors who spent two days at the school began their glowing report by simply stating that students "get a great deal" in the school.
"It is fantastic to see the outstanding work of free schools recognised by The Sunday Times.
"King's Maths School, Exeter Mathematics School, London Academy of Excellence, Harris Westminster Sixth Form, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and Chapeltown Academy embody the transformative opportunities free schools offer communities across the country, in some of the areas that need them most.
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.
The report offers an in-depth exploration of the history and options for the future of the free school policy, recommending a number of innovative steps to reenergise the policy, including changes to the application criteria, ways to lower the cost of new free schools and an expanded role for New Schools Network.
Unity Howard, Director of NSN, said:
The medley relay team had pre-qualified for the Sheffield gala earlier in the year with a qualifying time of 1.13. In their heat, Jacob Cutler, Josh Round, Harry Chandler and Flora Middleton smashed that time, touching the wall in 1.05.6 and qualifying for the 'A final' in 2nd position. The fab four stepped up again for the final, demonstrating their swimming prowess to finish in 1st place with a time of 1.05.00, becoming English Champions!
These free schools are opening in areas of high deprivation across England, bringing innovative and successful schools to areas where they are most needed. The free school programme empowers communities to lead improvement in their local area as 60% of groups are from locally based groups.
Among the new schools are:
NSN’s analysis combined the need for both places and school standards to identify the ten areas most in need of new secondary schools over the coming years as the population bulge moves from primary to secondary age. The research looked at areas which underperformed at GCSE, achieving below the national average for progress and attainment, and which are predicted to run out of school places over the coming years.