Government approves more than 130 free schools: Full list

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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The Government has given the go-ahead for the largest wave of free schools to be released in this Parliament.

The Department for Education today approved applications for 131 new schools, creating more than 69,000 places.

Wave 12 includes a sixth form in north London specialising in film and a primary in Norfolk with 30 boarding places sponsored by Wymondham College, England’s largest state boarding school.

Education secretary Justine Greening said that the government was now on track to meet its manifesto commitment of opening 500 more new free schools by September 2020.

Since 2015 around 124 free schools have opened, with a further 376 now set to open by 2020, including the schools announced today.

The biggest number of these new schools will be in the south east, with more than 15,000 places in 27 schools, followed by almost 10,000 extra places in London in 18 schools, and 9,000 places in 12 schools in the west Midlands.

Approved Wave 12 schools

111 free schools in total creating 67,718 new school places:

    • 18 schools in the East of England, creating 8,875 places
    • 9 schools in the East Midlands, creating 8,105 places
    • 7 schools in Yorkshire and the Humber, creating 4,006 places
    • 2 schools in the North East, creating 204 places
    • 5 schools in the North West, creating 4,610 places
    • 27 schools in the South East, creating 15,429 places
    • 15 schools in the South West, creating 7,721 places
    • 12 schools in the West Midlands, creating 9,060 places
    • 16 schools in London, creating 9,708 places

20 local authority areas also have been approved to each create a new special school for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities taking the total number of approvals to 131.

These will be created in Bedford, Blackpool, Bradford, Bristol, Cheshire East, Croydon, Doncaster, Enfield, Essex, Hampshire, Havering, Herefordshire, Hounslow, Manchester, Portsmouth, Redbridge, Sheffield, South Gloucestershire, Suffolk and Sunderland.

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

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