Monday 10 October 2011

55 new ‘Free’ schools announced

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The Govement has announced the opening of 55 new ‘Free’ schools in 2012. The list is below.

We will analyse the list, now it has finally been released.

There were 281 ‘Free’ school applications, of which only 55 were considered suitable to be allowed to open. It would be interesting to see the rest.

The New Schools Network, the so-called charity that is closely linked to Gove, has complained that “The DfE has been over cautious”.

The list includes the Michaela ‘Free’ school, which is led by Katherine Birbalsingh, who is famous for condemning teachers at the Tory Conference in 2010.

The first 24 ‘Free’ schools to open cost £130 million. How much more will be spent getting these 55 ready? ‘Free’ schools are paid for by the tax payer, yet we have no say over them.

Click here for more on the first 24 ‘Free’ schools

While Michael Gove is enthusiastically copying ‘Free’ schools from the Swedish education system, educationalists and politicians in Sweden are coming to terms with the damage that ‘Free’ schools have done.

In a recent report SNS, a prominent Swedish business funded thinktank, expressed deep concerns about the impact of allowing for-profit suppliers to run Swedish schools. Also ‘Free’ schools are being accused of deeping segregation. See more in this Guardian report

List below taken from the DfE website here

Free Schools: Successful Wave 2 Applications
School Name Local Authority Phase Website
Alban City School Hertfordshire Primary
An Noor School Derby City All-Through
Atherton Community School Wigan Secondary
Barrow 1618 Shropshire Primary
Barwick’s Own 2nd Secondary School (BO2SS) Stockton-on-Tees Secondary
Becket Keys Church School Essex Secondary
Brighton Bilingual Primary School Brighton and Hove Primary
CET Primary School Tower Hamlets Primary
CET Primary School Westminster Primary
Chorley Career and Sixth Form Academy Lancashire Secondary
City of Peterborough Academy Peterborough Secondary
Cobham Free School Surrey Primary
Compass School, Southwark Southwark Secondary
Corby Free School Northamptonshire Secondary 
Cramlington Village Primary School Northumberland Primary
Dixons City Free Primary Bradford Primary
Dixons City Free School Bradford Secondary
Emmanuel Community School Waltham Forest Primary
EN3 Primary School Enfield Primary
Europa School UK Oxfordshire All-Through
Frome Steiner Academy Somerset All-Through
Gateway Primary Free School Thurrock Primary
Golders Green Jewish Primary School Barnet Primary
Grindon Hall Free School Sunderland All-Through 
Haringey Free School Haringey Primary
Harpenden Free School Hertfordshire Primary
Hatfield Community Free School Hertfordshire Primary
King’s School Woolston Warrington Secondary
Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy Enfield Primary
London Academy of Excellence Newham 16-19
Michaela Community School Lambeth Secondary
Newham Free Academy Newham Secondary
Nishkam School Trust Birmingham Secondary 
North Ealing Church of England Academy Ealing Secondary
One in a Million Free School Bradford Secondary
Parkfield New School Bournemouth All-Through
Pimlico Primary Westminster Primary
Reach Academy: Feltham Hounslow All-Through
Reading University Technical Academy Reading Secondary
Rotherham Central Free School Rotherham Secondary
Sandymoor School Halton Secondary
School 21 Newham All-Through 
Southwark Free School Southwark Primary
St Chaitanya’s School Harrow All-Through
St Michael’s Catholic Secondary School Cornwall Secondary
The Beccles Free School Suffolk Secondary
The Excellence Academy Sandwell Secondary
The Greenwich Free School Greenwich Secondary
The Hawthorne’s Free School Sefton Secondary
The Rural Enterprise Academy Staffordshire Secondary
The Saxmundham Free School Suffolk Secondary
The Swanage School Dorset Secondary
The Tiger School Kent Primary 
Wapping High School Tower Hamlets Secondary
West of Wokingham Secondary Free School Wokingham Secondary
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