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David Cameron announces 31 new free schools on final visit as Prime Minister

Visiting Reach Academy in Feltham, the PM announced 31 new free schools that will provide around 20,000 high-quality places for pupils.

  • over 300 free schools opened since 2010 helping more than 150,000 pupils across the country
  • flagship of government’s education reforms which have seen over 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools since 2010

The Prime Minister today announced 31 new free schools providing around 20,000 high-quality places across the country.

On his final visit as Prime Minister David Cameron today travelled to Reach Academy in Feltham, west London, an outstanding-rated school set up by teachers using freedoms provided by government reforms.

Prime Minster David Cameron said:

Free schools have been at the heart of this government’s education reforms which have seen more than 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools since 2010.

More than 300 have been created since I became Prime Minister and 200 are set to open meaning tens of thousands more young people, many from disadvantaged areas, finally have a choice of a good education that helps them reach their full potential.

I am proud of what this government has achieved, working with heads and teachers to raise standards so that our young people have the best possible start in life.

The 31 schools comprise successful applications from some of the best academy trusts in the country. They include:

  • Kings Leadership Padgate, Warrington – this new school is being set up by the team behind King’s leadership academy in Warrington which last year won the national award for character education. The new school will have a similar curriculum and aims to offer high quality education in an area with a number of poor-performing schools

  • The Avenue, north west London – the school will cater for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and complex needs. It is being set up by the Brent Specialist Academy Trust, established by 3 special schools all with good or outstanding ratings from Ofsted

  • Reach Academy 2, Hounslow – the second school from Reach will take its inspiration from the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in New York City – the school will replicate HCZ’s focus on early intervention with 2- and 3-year-olds with strong relationships with families via home visits and integrated family support

The successful applicants will now begin to confirm sites with many due to open by September 2017.

The free schools programme provides greater local choice for parents by setting up new schools and driving up standards. Around half have been set up in deprived communities and 1 in 4 has been rated outstanding by Ofsted – above the national average.

Many have used their freedoms to extend the school day, allowing them to offer more extra-curricular activities to pupils while others have used their freedoms to offer high-quality teaching in areas including maths, science and languages.

Notes

The Reach Academy Feltham opened in September 2012. The school has 840 pupils and was inspected by Ofsted in March 2014 and was judged to be outstanding in all areas. This was the first all-through free school to be awarded the grade. The school is heavily oversubscribed and is situated in an area of high deprivation.

The 31 school applications announced today were approved as part of a fast-track process. Further successful applications will be announced in the coming months.

Today there are 5,188 academies, 304 free schools, 40 studio schools and 39 university technical colleges more than in May 2010 – giving every child the chance to go to a good local school.

There are now more good or outstanding schools than ever before, with over 1.4 million more pupils taught in good or outstanding schools than 2010.

Successful free school application Regional school commissioner region
Alconbury Weald Church Academy Cambridgeshire
Ashlawn Free School Warwickshire
Aspire Primary Academy Newquay Newquay, South West
Chatteris Free School Cambridgeshire, East of England and North East London
City of London Academy, Downs Park East of England and North East London
City of London Academy, Highgate Hill East of England and North East London
City of London Academy, Shoreditch Park East of England and North East London
Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy Gloucestershire, South West
Creative Arts Academy York York, East Midlands and Humber
Didsbury High School South Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Elements Primary Free School Leeds, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Elmbridge Free School Surrey, South East and South London
Fylde Coast Academy Trust Blackpool, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Gorton Primary School Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Great Lever Primary School Bolton, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Harris Rainham Sixth Form Havering, East England and North East London
Kings Leadership Academy Padgate, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Ledsham Manor Primary Academy Cheshire, West Midlands
Lime Academy Ridgeway Enfield, North West London and South Central
Newark, Toot Hill Free School Nottinghamshire, East Midlands and Humber
Reach Academy 2 Hounslow, North West London and South Central
Ryecroft High School Taneside, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Saffron Primary Essex, East of England and North East London
Schoolsworks Community Primary Littlehampton South East and South London
St Andrew’s Primary Free School Kent, South East and South London
St. Clements Hill Primary Academy Norfolk, East of England and North East London
Springwell Alternative Academy, North East Lincolnshire East Midlands and Humber
Springwell Alternative Academy, North West Lincolnshire East Midlands and Humber
Springwell Alternative Academy, South East Lincolnshire East Midlands and Humber
Springwell Alternative Academy, South West Lincolnshire East Midlands and Humber
The Avenue Brent, North West, London and South Central