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Wed 22 May 2013


One of the Government’s flagship free schools is to be backed by former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and will have the aim of giving primary school children the chance to flourish in the performing arts.

Tue 21 May 2013


Parents are celebrating after the Department for Education formally backed plans for a mixed, non-denominational free school in East Finchley.

The Archer Academy’s chair of governors Avis Johns has signed the funding agreement with the department, meaning plans to open the school in September will go ahead.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 20 May 2013

The headteacher of Camden’s newest free school has outlined her vision for the first time – and revealed she thought “long and hard” before taking on the job.

Abacus Belsize Primary School’s newly-appointed principal Vicky Briony said Mandarin classes and “outdoor learning” – with reading, writing and maths work spilling out into the playground – will be at the heart of the school’s ethos when it opens in September.

Tue 14 May 2013


A NEW primary school, established by a community group, could open on the Isle of Wight.

Tue 14 May 2013


PLANS are being put in place to open Portsmouth’s first free school.

The John Pounds Free School aims to be the first in the city to be set up under the government’s free school initiative.

Fri 10 May 2013


BOLTON’S first government flagship free school will open its doors in September.

The Olive Tree Primary School — a mixed sex Muslim school which will take non-Muslim children — will open in an existing empty building inHalliwell.

Free schools are part of a government plan to establish schools which are free from local authority control.

Fri 24 February 2012


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Hundreds of Free Schools Groups – set up by parents, teachers and local communities across the country – are today submitting applications to the Department for Education to set up new local schools that would open from September 2013.