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Free Schools in the media
Mon 17 June 2013

Education Minister Lord Nash has described Suffolk’s first free school as a “flagship for the Government’s education reforms”.

He was speaking at the official launch of Stour Valley Community School in Clare this week, which – when it opened in September 2011 with 180 students – was one of just 24 free schools in the UK.

Lord Nash praised the hard work and determination of local people who had taken an idea on a blank sheet of paper and worked tirelessly to turn it into a thriving school with 320 students.

Free Schools in the media
Fri 14 June 2013

A free secondary school for children with autism and learning difficulties is being planned for Saffron Walden.

The Crocus Learning Group is set to submit an application for the school to the Department of Education either in September or January.

Special educational needs professionals and parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are behind the bid.

The group has set up a Facebook page for the proposed ‘Crocus Learning Centre’ and has received support from local residents.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 June 2013

A CROSBY school has taken a major step towards gaining free school status after receiving backing for its fast-track application.

Streatham House, on Victoria Road West, Blundellsands, is now hoping that the school, noted for its artistic ethos and small class sizes, will become government funded in September 2014.

Head teacher Debby Rigby said that Streatham House would be filling a much needed gap in Crosby’s education provision.

Free Schools in the media
Thu 13 June 2013

 

The Tiger Primary free school in Maidstone has a strong focus on teaching Mandarin. A survey by the British Council earlier this year found that only 3% of primary schools offering any Mandarin teaching at all. Those that do it's usually a few classes from the age of seven.

The Tiger Primary School is much more keen:

Free Schools in the media
Wed 12 June 2013

The Bilingual Primary School, a free school in Brighton, is the first state funded bilingual English / Spanish primary school in the UK.

Its basis is as follows:

Free Schools in the media
Tue 11 June 2013

Parents, churches, academies and other organisations may be able to set up new academies and free schools in the borough to meet the demand for school places.

Free Schools in the media
Tue 11 June 2013

The Reach Academy,  a free school in Feltham which opened last year, has a number of distinctive characteristics.

Tue 11 June 2013

A FREE school for 700 boys aged 11 to 19 will open in Bolton next September.

The secondary school and sixth form will be a faith school — and the third government flagship free school to open in the borough.