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Tue 11 February 2014
Tresham College and All Saints Primary School are working together to propose a new all-through school in Wellingborough, and parents will soon be able to learn more about what the proposal will offer for the local community at a series of open evenings.
A spokesman for Tresham said: “The main drive to set up the new school in Wellingborough is to create much-needed school places for the town as a result of a rise in population in the town.”
Thu 23 January 2014

Ten more Free School proposals have been approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove today.

Fri 10 January 2014

Speaking on the day of the application deadline, Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network commented:

Fri 22 November 2013

Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network commented: “Underperformance in any school is completely unacceptable given the costs to students and their families. Too often concerns are not addressed quickly enough or, worse, at all.

"Over 350 (356) maintained schools are currently in special measures, nearly a third of which have languished there for over a year (106 schools, 29.8%). If a school is not good enough we should see swift action. In these cases, this has happened within six months.

Fri 15 November 2013

The Wye Valley Free School project has won a place on NSN's Development Programme. The group intend to submit their application to the Department for Education for the 4 to sixteen school on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire borders.

The school hopes to incorporate elements of the Montessori and Human Education principles.

NSN director Natalie Evans commented: "The Development Programme has been designed to help support each group in making their vision a reality, and I am delighted to be welcoming Wye Valley Free School onto the programme."

Fri 8 November 2013

The release of a new school atlas from the Greater London Authority was widely reported in London. It provides full data on all schools in London - including Free Schools. Director of the New Schools Network, Natalie Evans, gave her views on the new tool to BBC London News (the story is featured straight after the headlines).

Tue 5 November 2013

The New Schools Network launched the latest phase of its New Schools Challenge last week with a series of events in Leicester and Leicestershire. Designed to gather the views of parents and teachers on education in the area, the Challenge events also gave an opportunity to find out more about Free Schools.

During our stay in the area we spent two days speaking with local residents at Carillon Court Shopping Centre in Loughborough and the Highcross Mall in the centre of Leicester, and also met with a number of groups looking to set up a new school.

Mon 28 October 2013


What would you choose?

The New Schools Network will be in Leicestershire as part of its New Schools Challenge with a series of activities from Thursday 31st October.  Designed to gather the views of parents and teachers on education in the area, Challenge meetings and events will also provide an opportunity to find out more about how individuals and organisations can get involved in setting up new schools.