Approval granted for 131 more free schools

12th April 2017 at 00:03
Justine Greening has announced 131 new free schools.
List includes 27 new free schools in the South East – including one proposed by a grammar school trust – but only two new free schools in the North East

The government has approved 131 new free schools, creating around 69,000 places for pupils.

Today’s announcement comes ahead of the publication of the government’s White Paper, which will set out plans to increase the number of grammar schools.

The Department for Education has not revealed whether any of the 131 new free schools will be selective and would only say that this would be impossible unless the law was changed. One of the approved free schools is proposed by the selective Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury, but the plans are for an "all ability range" secondary.

The Barton Court Academy Trust Free School is due to provide 1,050 places for 11- to 19-year-olds, next to the existing grammar school.

The DfE dismissed questions about whether any of the new free schools could become academically selective in the future as “speculation”.

Other new schools include a primary that will have a total of 30 boarding places for year 5 and year 6 pupils.

The Sapientia Primary Prep School, in Norfolk, for 4-11 year-olds will be sponsored by Wymondham College, England’s largest state boarding school.

Education secretary Justine Greening said: "We need schools that can bring out the best in every single child no matter where they're growing up, how much their parents earn, or however different their talents are.

"That's why these new schools are so important – they give us the school places we need for the future, and they also give parents more choices to find a great school place in their area that's right for their child."

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said new school places were “welcome and necessary”, but accused the government of failing to deliver the number of places needed by 2020.

She added: “The free schools programme has been proven to be an enormously expensive and inefficient way to create school places.

“Today's announcement alone almost certainly comes with a huge price tag, without necessarily even providing new school places in the areas that need them most.”

The 131 new free schools include 20 special schools that local authorities have identified a need for, that will create 1,700 places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Excluding these special schools, there will be 27 new free schools in the South East, creating 15,429 new places, but only two in the North East, creating 204 places.

Toby Young, director of the government-backed free schools charity New Schools Network, said: “The fact that so many of the free schools approved in this wave are outside of London, with over 21 in the Midlands alone, demonstrates this government's commitment to extending the benefits of the free schools policy to all parts of the country.”

 

List of new free schools, excluding those meeting a need identified by local authorities:

Name of school Type of school Phase Local authority
Abbey Farm Educate Together Primary Free school - Mainstream Primary Swindon
ACE Sky Academy and Eden Project Nursery Free school - Mainstream Primary Cornwall
Badbury Park Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Swindon
Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) Free School Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Kent
Beam Bridge School Free school - Special All-Through  Barking and Dagenham
Bearsted Academy Free school - Special Secondary Kent
Bideford Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary Devon
Bishop Hancock Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Bath and North East Somerset
Blakenall Free School Free school - Mainstream Secondary Walsall
BOA Digital Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Birmingham
Bohunt Horsham Free school - Mainstream All-Through West Sussex
Boorley Green Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Hampshire
Buckton Fields Primary School (Preston Hedge's Academy Trust) Free school - Mainstream Primary Northamptonshire
Cambrai Community Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary North Yorkshire
Cambridge City Free School Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Mathematics School Free school - Mainstream 16-19  Cambridgeshire
Chatten Free School Free school - Special All-Through  Essex
Christ Church CofE Secondary Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Birmingham
CHS South Free school - Mainstream Secondary Manchester
Cleeve School Free school - Special Secondary  Bexley
Collegiate Free Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Croydon
Corby Secondary Academy  Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Northamptonshire
Coseley Technology Primary  Free school - Mainstream Primary Dudley
CSAT Northern Gateway Free school - Mainstream Primary Kent
Damnonii Academy Free school - Special All-Through  Devon
Darlaston Technology Primary Free school - Mainstream Primary Walsall
David Kirk Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary Hampshire
Discovery Special Academy Free school - Special Primary Middlesbrough
Durham Gateway Academy Free school - Alternative Provision Secondary Durham
Eden Boys' Leadership Academy II, Birmingham  Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Birmingham
Eden Boys' Leadership Academy, Bradford Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Bradford
Euler Academy Free school - Alternative Provision Primary Kingston Upon Hull
Felix Culpa Academy Free school - Alternative Provision Secondary Stoke-on-Trent
Forge Wood High School  Free school - Mainstream Secondary  West Sussex
Free School 2: The Workplace (Alternative Provision) Free school - Alternative Provision Secondary East Sussex
Friars East Free School Free school - Special Secondary  Northamptonshire
Godmanchester Secondary Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Cambridgeshire
Grangewood All-through Free School Free school - Special All-Through  Hillingdon
Grove CE Academy Free school - Mainstream All-Through Oxfordshire
Hampton East Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Peterborough
Harlestone Road Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary Northamptonshire
Harris Academy For Boys, Royal Greenwich  Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Greenwich
Harris Academy Sydenham Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Bromley
Harris Primary Charlton/Blackheath Free school - Mainstream Primary Greenwich
Houghton Gate School Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Northamptonshire
Hurst Farm Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary West Sussex
John Taylor Free School Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Staffordshire
Keeble Gateway Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary North Yorkshire
Kilnwood Vale Primary School (GLF) Free school - Mainstream Primary West Sussex
Launceston College Primary Campus Free school - Mainstream Primary Cornwall
Laurence Calvert Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Leeds
Learn@ Specialist Academy Free school - Special All-Through  Bristol
Leicester Metropolitan Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Leicester
Lewisham Church of England Secondary School Free school - Mainstream Secondary Lewisham
Linden Hill Free school - Special All-Through  Surrey
Maaz Free School Free school - Special All-Through  Richmond upon Thames
Maidstone Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary Kent
Medway Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Medway
Moorcroft Primary Free School Free school - Special Primary Hillingdon
Mulberry Nursery and Primary School  Free school - Mainstream Primary Tower Hamlets
New Horizons West Durrington (Bluebell) Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary West Sussex
Newquay Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary Cornwall
North Iffley Academy Free school - Special All-Through  Oxfordshire
North Star Academy Free school - Alternative Provision All-Through Bristol
North West Leeds Sixth Form Centre Free school - Mainstream 16-19  Leeds
North Worcester Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Worcestershire
Northstowe Special Academy Free school - Special All-Through  Cambridgeshire
Oasis Academy Oldham 2 Free school - Mainstream Secondary Oldham
Oasis Academy South Bristol Free school - Mainstream Secondary Bristol
Oasis Academy Temple Quarter Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Bristol
Orsett Heath Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Thurrock
Paignton Church of England Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Torbay
Paston Reserve Primary Free school - Mainstream Primary Peterborough
Pix Brook Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Central Bedfordshire
Poplar Farm School Free school - Mainstream Primary Lincolnshire
Primary First Trust Gravesham Free school - Mainstream Primary Kent
Prince Albert High School Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Birmingham
Rochester Riverside Church of England Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Medway
Rushey Mead Free School Free school - Mainstream Secondary Leicester
Sandy Lane Academy Free school - Special All-Through Central Bedfordshire
Sapientia Primary Prep Free school - Mainstream Primary Norfolk
School 21 Campus Free school - Mainstream All-Through  Newham
School 21 Sugar House Free school - Mainstream All-Through  Newham
SEAX Trust Free School Free school - Special All-Through Essex
South Bank Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary Leeds
Sponne School Daventry Free school - Mainstream Secondary Northamptonshire
St Bede's Inter-Church School  Free school - Mainstream Secondary Cambridgeshire
St Clement CE Primary Academy Free school - Mainstream Primary West Sussex
St Neots Academy Free school - Mainstream Secondary Cambridgeshire
Stone Lodge Academy, Dartford Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Kent
Summerdown  Free school - Special All-Through East Sussex
Surrey Downs Court Free school - Special All-Through  Surrey
Thames View Bridge School Free school - Special All-Through  Barking and Dagenham
Thameside Secondary School Free school - Mainstream Secondary Thurrock
The Beeches Free school - Alternative Provision Primary Medway
The Cavendish School Free school - Special All-Through  Cambridgeshire
The Flagship School Free school - Special All-Through East Sussex
The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School (IKB) Free school - Mainstream Primary Somerset
The Laurus AP School Free school - Alternative Provision Secondary Stockport
The Maritime Academy Free school - Mainstream All-Through  Medway
The Olive School, Manchester Free school - Mainstream Primary Manchester
The Saracens Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Barnet
The Working Title School  Free school - Mainstream 16-19 Islington
Treetops Special Free School Free school - Special All-Through Thurrock
Tudor Grange Primary Academy Meon Vale Free school - Mainstream Primary Warwickshire
Turner Academy Folkestone  Free school - Mainstream Secondary  Kent
UK Fast/Dean Trust Free school - Mainstream Secondary Manchester
Wickhurst Green Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary West Sussex
Willenhall Technology Primary  Free school - Mainstream Primary Walsall
Windmill Hill Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Torbay
Wing Primary School Free school - Mainstream Primary Cambridgeshire

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