Ten more Free School proposals have been approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove today.
Eight mainstream schools, a sixth form and an alternative provision school join the 174 schools already open, and the 115 already in the Free Schools programme pipeline. Once full, all open and approved Free Schools will provide 150,000 extra school places, with this latest wave providing a boost of about 5,000 places. All of the mainstream schools announced today are in areas facing a shortage of school places. Forty-five per cent will be in the 30 per cent most deprived communities in Britain.
Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network commented on the announcement:
“We are delighted to see a further round of Free Schools being approved and creating more good school places. They include Langley Primary Academy, which will be meeting a pressing need for new school places in Slough and Ealing Fields Free School, promoted by members of the local community which will increase the choice of secondary education in the area.”
“The interest and popularity in Free Schools around the country shows no sign of abating – be that from groups wanting to set up new schools or from parents wanting to secure a place for their child. The latest round of applicants, who submitted their bids for new schools earlier in the month, add further momentum to a programme that has already grown at an unprecedented rate when compared to similar international initiatives, including in Sweden and the US.”