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Free school films

Free schools are created in response to local need and demand they so can be very different from each other; they all have to go through the same challenging process to set up however.

We followed six free schools as they prepared to open in September 2014; The Island Free School, The Rise School, Dixons McMillan Academy, LIPA Primary School, Chapeltown Academy and XP School. These are their stories…

LIPA Primary School
Last year we visited LIPA Primary School in the heart of one of the UK's cultural capitals, to see a creative alternative to the usual primary experience. LIPA aren't just providing more choice to parents, but are also helping to meet a real need for new primary school places in Liverpool.

The Island Free School
Set up by a group of local parents and teachers, The Island Free School aims to raise standards on the Isle of Wight, one of England’s lowest performing local authorities.

XP School
XP School is a new secondary in Doncaster which was started by a group of local teachers and parents. It’s using its freedoms as a free school to pioneer an Expeditionary Learning style curriculum, which is based around pupils completing challenging projects.

The Rise School
Offering the best of both mainstream and special education, The Rise School in west London aims to transform the life chances of young people with autism.

Dixons McMillan Academy
At Dixons McMillan Academy, a secondary free school in Bradford, all students are climbing the mountain to university, regardless of their background.

Chapeltown Academy
Chapeltown Academy offers young people in South Yorkshire an education focussed on preparing them for study at the UK’s best universities.