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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?

Free Schools in the media
Tue 28 January 2020

Holy Trinity School now offers fully accredited Learn to Swim and Aquatic Skills Framework Awards through its national curriculum lessons and extra-curricular school clubs for pupils from Reception to Year 7. Able to teach children from three-years upwards, the Learn to Swim Framework is aimed at children from five-years onwards, with the school offering additional Learn to Swim classes open to non-Holy Trinity pupils now available on Saturday afternoons for Stages 1 – 10.

Fri 24 January 2020

Concordia Academy has been on quite a journey. The primary free school opened in 2016 on a temporary site that wasn’t ready, so the first cohort of children spent six weeks based at another school in the trust – REAch2. Students made do with one room that was not designed for teaching.


When the temporary portakabins arrived, they had no electricity, heating or water. They were also three kilometres away from the school’s catchment area in Romford, which meant two years of busing students to school.