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NSN News
Tue 15 September 2020

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network said:  

“These are concerning findings from the Social Mobility Commission; those entitled to free school meals are more likely to earn less and have fewer opportunities than their peers.

"This is completely unjust. We must ensure that every child has a good school place that gives them the best opportunities in life, irrespective of their background. It must not be the case that a postcode can dictate life chances. 

Free Schools in the media
Tue 15 September 2020

You completed your PGCE at Homerton in 2002. What has your career trajectory been since then?

I initially did middle school training, specialising in Maths. I had previously done a psychology degree and had run activity groups for children with learning difficulties for years. I could not imagine not working with children in some capacity, and when I started teaching in primary schools, I fell in love with how creative you were able to be.

Thu 10 September 2020

Westvale Park Primary Academy

Led by Aurora Academies Trust, Westvale Park Primary Academy is a new school located on the outskirts of Crawley. In addition to the core curriculum, pupils will study Paragon; a unique humanities focused curriculum which has been designed by the school. 

Thu 3 September 2020

University of Liverpool Maths School

Following the success of King's College London Maths School and Exeter Mathematics School, the University of Liverpool Maths School for 16-19-year-olds has become the third specialist mathematics free school to open in England.

As the first school of its kind located in the North of England, it is committed to developing and retaining talent in the region, ensuring students from all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their academic potential.

Free Schools in the media
Wed 26 August 2020

Schools that are opening next month that were supported by NSN include:

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020


Whilst the pupils were unable to sit the actual exams this summer, their results have been issued using centre assessed grades based on pupils’ performance throughout all of their lessons, coursework, and mock examinations over the last two years.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Hoe Valley School in Woking was delighted to open its doors this morning to provide its founding cohort of students with their GCSE results. Many Woking residents will remember the build up to the School opening as news of the new Free School spread. This has been a year like no other, but especially for Hoe Valley School seeing its first students through to their GCSEs. Following the nationwide lockdown, it was wonderful to be able to share their results with them in person, socially distanced of course!

Free Schools in the media
Thu 20 August 2020

Having received their results, students commented:

“I had a pit in my stomach which has now been completely filled.” said Shaun Hennell.

“I feel alright.” said Rupert Dale.