++ Prime Minister David Cameron visits free school ++
++ Announcement means quarter of a million places now created by free schools ++
The Department for Education announced today that 31 more free schools have been approved to open. When full, these schools will provide places for 20,000 students. These schools join more than 430 free schools that are already open or approved – bringing the total to over 450.
Responding to the announcement, Sarah Pearson, Interim Director of New Schools Network said:
“It’s brilliant news that 31 new schools have been approved today – amongst them is a second school for Reach Academy in Feltham. Having already established an outstanding all-through school, this new school will allow even more young people to benefit from the fantastic education they offer. It is great to see free schools growing in this way.
“Today’s news highlights just how much the teaching profession has embraced the opportunity to open new schools. The simple fact is that we urgently need more good new schools – not just where there is a shortage of places but where standards have been too low for too long.”