Next wave of 18 free schools approved – Full list

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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The Prime Minister vowed he will not waiver in his commitment to open 500 new free schools as he gave the green light to a further 18 school proposals today.

David Cameron pledged that the Government would now deliver two waves of new schools every year until 2020, with application deadlines in March and September.

The Government said the new schools announced today, on top of the 252 already opened, and the 98 in the pipeline, would meet the growing demand for more good local schools with high standards and strong discipline.

Building on the success of the programme, the government is now allowing free school applicants to apply for nurseries as part of their bid.

Latest schools

Opening September 2016

  • Rugby Free Secondary School, Warwickshire. 1,260 places for 11 to 19-year-olds. Set up by Knowledge School Trust.

Opening September 2017

  • John Donne Primary Free School, Peckham, London. Almost 500 spaces (including 60 at nursery). Set up by the John Donne Primary School (JDPS).
  • Catch22 Northamptonshire Academy, Northampton. 100 alternative provision places for struggling four to 16-year-olds. Set up by Catch22 Multi-Academy Trust.
  • Corby Free Special School, Northamptonshire. Up to 100 places. Set up by the Maplefields Teaching School Alliance.
  • The Swan School, Oxford. 880 places. Set up by Cherwell School.
  • Piper Hill Vocational Learning Free School, Wythenshawe, Cheshire. 25 places for 11 to 19-year-olds. Set up by The Piper Hill Learning Trust.
  • Bury St Edmunds Technical Academy, Suffolk. Set up by the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust.
  • Saint Anne’s High School for Girls, Luton, Bedfordshire. 750 places for secondary school-age pupils. Set up by a group of local teachers.
  • XP East, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. 350 places for secondary school-age pupils. Set up by the XP Schools Trust.
  • Solihull Alternative Provision Academy, Solihull, West Midlands. 90 places for pupils. Set up by three headteachers from the local area.
  • Lime Tree High School, Reigate, Surrey. 900 places for secondary school-age pupils. Set up by the Glyn School.
  • CAPA College, Leeds. Specialist performing arts college. Set up by the Wakefield Diocesan Academies Trust.
  • Gipsy Hill Secondary School, Lambeth, London. 1,600 places. Run by the Gipsy Hill Federation.
  • MacIntyre Special Free School, Rugby, Warwickshire. 80 places for nine to 19-year-olds with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and conditions on the autistic spectrum. Set up by MacIntyre Academies Trust.
  • The Bridge AP Free School, Medway, Kent. 40 places for five to 11-year-olds with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in Medway. Set up by the Delce Academy Trust.
  • Norton Hill Primary School, Midsomer Norton, Somerset. 420 places for four to 11-year-olds. Set up by the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership.
  • Herts International Christian School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. 630 places for four to 11-year-olds specialising in Spanish from the primary phase.
  • Yavneh Primary School, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Jewish faith school. 420 places. Set up by the Yavneh College Academy Trust.

Cameron said: “Today’s announcement shows that we will not waver in pressing ahead with our plans to open 500 more of these innovative and exciting schools over the next 5 years, creating 270,000 places, delivering an excellent education and giving parents across the country real choice for their children.”

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