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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.


NSN News
Thu 23 January 2020

"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and students, free schools have topped performance rankings at Key Stage 5 and are beginning to outperform leading private schools in England.

Fri 17 January 2020

The Lighthouse School Leeds was the first special free school to open its doors, opening in 2012 for seven children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC). The school, which was opened by a group of parents, is now over capacity with 80 students. The school was judged Good by Ofsted in 2017, and leaders now face pressure to expand the school to create more much needed special school places in Leeds.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 16 January 2020

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.

NSN News
Wed 8 January 2020

"The crisis of ‘stuck schools’ has been a longstanding concern for NSN and we welcome Ofsted’s commitment to taking action by proposing reforms. 

"It is a scandal that over 200,000 children are left forgotten in ‘stuck schools’. This change is part of a wider set of measures required to address this challenge. And we wholeheartedly agree the carousel of consultants is doing more harm than good.

Fri 13 December 2019

When it was introduced in 2010, the free schools programme was designed to empower parents, teachers, charities and businesses to revitalise communities and deliver educational opportunity for young people. Where they exist, new schools are offering parental choice and innovation, and delivering positive outcomes for the children who attend them. However, academy and free school reforms have stagnated in recent years, and NSN believes that the sector is in need of reinvigoration.

Thu 12 December 2019

The banning of anti-LGBT protests against inclusive relationships and sex education (RSE) at  Anderton Park Primary School by the High Court is a win for diversity and inclusion in England’s schools. However, diversity and inclusion must go beyond what is taught in RSE.