Free schools

2017 assessments even more baffling than those for 2016 openers Two days ago, I highlighted puzzling aspects of impact assessments for free schools... Read more
Bizarre assessments don’t inspire confidence When free school proposals are approved, the Department for Education does a risk assessment before... Read more
St Anthony’s, Glos, one of at least five free schools closed this month St Anthony’s Free school, Gloucestershire, has just closed, Warwick Mansell... Read more
Inspiration would run Trafalgar College and GY (VA) High by September 2016, DfE officals said But no consultation or publicity had taken place ‘The... Read more
DfE compensated Southall College for costs re proposed Floreat Southall School The Department for Education (DfE) paid Southall College £750k for ‘... Read more
Free school run by Floreat Education Academies Trust closed at the end of term Floreat Brentford, a primary free school, opened in September 2015 in... Read more
Sandymoor school boasted it would be ‘outstanding from day one’ When Sandymoor free school opened in Runcorn in 2012 as part of the free school... Read more
Consider these quotes from this recent Guardian article . The system is now pushing schools and their heads to prioritise “the interests of the... Read more
Redundancies at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy threaten ‘broadest’ curriculum Inspiration Trust runs two secondary schools in Great Yarmouth:... Read more
Six turbulent years for free school in Tyne and Wear Grindon Hall Christian School, Tyne and Wear, has had six turbulent years since become a state-... Read more
Capital costs for free schools opened in 2015 and later have not been published by the Department for Education (DfE). The only free school capital... Read more
An open meeting will be held on 20 June in Rugby, Warwickshire, to probe the sudden departure of Lois Reed, head of Ashlawn School, a bilateral... Read more
The LSE academies report contains ‘certain assumptions that cannot go unchallenged’, says Leora Cruddas , CEO of the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools... Read more
Greenwich Council, recently criticised for paying £1.5m to an academy trust mainly for land the council already owned, forked out £13m to change a... Read more
Competition from free schools contributed to financial difficulties which led to Corelli College, Greenwich, being transferred to Leigh Academies... Read more
‘Free schools have largely been set up in areas with a need for more school places,’ research * from NFER and Sutton Trust shows. It’s good news that... Read more
It’s nearly three years since the Department for Education (DfE) published application forms for approved free schools. There have been none... Read more
An ‘unspoken selling point’ of the proposed low-cost private school, the Independent Grammar School: Durham (IGSD) ‘is the cachet of attending a... Read more