NSN welcomes 2017 free schools

Monday, September 4, 2017
Forty-four new free schools will open this week, providing 30,000 much-needed new school places. This brings the total number of free schools that have opened since 2011 to 390, with a further 300 due to open between now and 2022. When full they will provide more than 400,000 new places.

Among the new schools opening will be:

  • The London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, a new academic sixth form in Tottenham’s new football stadium sponsored by Highgate School.
  • Dixons Trinity Chapeltown, an all-through school based in Leeds and run by the Dixons Academy Trust, with a ‘no excuses’ model based around trust, fairness and hard work.
  • Eden Girl’s and Boy’s Leadership Academies, two single-sex secondary schools run by the Tauheedul Educational Trust and based in Manchester. Two of Tauheedul’s schools – the Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and the Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, both in Blackburn – were placed 1st and 3rd in the country according to last year’s GCSE results.
  • XP East, a mainstream secondary school in Doncaster and sister school to the existing XP School. The schools were established by a group of local teachers based on High Tech High in the USA.
  • The Bridge Satellite Provision, a special educational needs school in Islington spread across several sites. It will be supporting a wide range of children with special educational needs.
  • The Stephen Longfellow Academy, an alternative provision school designed to meet the increasing need in South Gloucestershire. The school has a nursery for pupils aged 2-4, and is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Toby Young, Director of New Schools Network, said: "Some of the free schools opening this week are destined to be among the best schools in the country. I know the policy has had its critics, but the results speak for themselves. This year, a free school in Lambeth got the best A level results in the country, while another in Hounslow saw 96% of its pupils get good GCSE results in English and maths."