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Wed 21 March 2018

In September 2017, Manchester Enterprise Academy Central opened its doors to 210 year seven students. This coming September, the school will admit a further 210 students, expanding its cohort to 420 students. Although the school has only been open for one term, the number of applications for the forthcoming academic year is more than twice the number of places available. In January, NSN visited MEA Central to find out more about how the school was operating and its future plans.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 16 March 2018

Students from the Purple Oaks Academy in Northampton, which caters for students with autism and severe learning difficulties, officially marked moving into the schools permanent building this week, with a book-giving drive to grow the school’s library. The new building is equipped with sensory rooms, a grass sports pitch, dedicated games areas and its own kitchen.


Free Schools in the media
Fri 9 March 2018

Watling Park School in Burnt Oak, north London moved into its permanent building in September 2017 with facilities including a 3G sports pitch. The school has now partnered with the local sports charity Superstar Sport NWL to run a football camp at the school on Saturdays for children aged 3-11.


Sonia Mallick, acting headteacher at the school, said: ‘We can ensure that we do indeed nurture healthy bodies alongside healthy minds!’

Free Schools in the media
Fri 2 March 2018

Pupils at Braywick Court School in Maidenhead have been celebrating Chinese New Year by getting immersed in Chinese culture and learning more about the country’s traditions. Four mums from the school organised a range of activities such as making lanterns, learning about the Chinese zodiac and teaching pupils how to use chopsticks.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 23 February 2018

Huge progress has been made on the construction of the permanent site for the Chichester Free School, due to be completed this September. The schools’ permanent site will be in the converted and expanded Carmelite Convent in Hunston, which was built in 1872, with most of the original structure being incorporated into the new school building.

Mon 19 February 2018

Having been warmly received into the school’s welcoming, multifunctional atrium, Headteacher Dave Strudwick kicked off the day by introducing the school’s genesis, vision and ethos. Established in direct response to a perceived erosion of the arts and creativity in education, the school’s ultimate end is appropriately ambitious: personal and cultural transformation.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 16 February 2018

A group of year 9 students from School 21 in Stratford have spoken to the Newham Recorder about what feminism means to them and why it is still important today. The students were commemorating the centenary of women receiving the right to vote.

Fri 16 February 2018

New Schools Network had the opportunity to spend half a day at Sir Thomas Fremantle School (STFS) on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 with senior leaders from eight trusts and free schools across southern England.