The most recent application wave, which closed in November last year, saw 124 free school groups send in submissions. These applications were explicitly targeting areas of long-term educational underperformance in addition to providing school places where they were most needed, based off a list provided by the Department for Education (DfE).
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The scholarship is one of only a handful of global scholarships funded by Babson College annually, and will cover four years of tuition as well as financial support for accomodation, books and travel expenses. Trae will be the third LAE student in two years to attend a prestigious university in the USA, with previous leavers enrolling at Pennsylvania State and Wharton School of Business in 2018, the latter part of the prestigious Ivy League.
Before joining Ofsted, Luke was Special Adviser to Nicky Morgan, the then Secretary of State for Education. In that role he led on the development of the Secretary of State’s policy priorities and acted as her chief spokesperson.
What’s more, the Key Stage 5 data that was also released yesterday shows the continued success of free schools after GCSE. Nearly a quarter of students in free schools who entered for one or more A level achieved grades AAB or better, more than at any other school type and significantly higher than the national average of 19.7%.
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School dog ‘Fern’ joined Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre at the start of this academic year at the tender age of 3-months. Over the last 4-months she has been acclimatising to her new environment and getting to know her new friends, and although still only a puppy her natural ability to interact with children from 5-years to sixth formers has meant that she has very quickly adapted to being in school and loving the attention she receives.
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A large part of performing well at interview is having the right people with you. It is essential that your panel represents a range of expertise covering the key areas of the application, particularly finance, governance, and education.
NSN’s figures, based on an FOI request, have shown that free schools are more likely to be first choice for students than any other school type.
Across the cohort, free schools received an average of 1.13 first preferences for each place available for the academic year 2018-19. This is despite having more available places per school than the national average.