New free school to open in north London rugby club

The BBC is reporting that a new school is to open in Saracens Rugby Club in north London as part of the wave of new free schools in England.

They are among a total of 77 new approved state-funded schools, run by academy trusts, community groups, parents and teachers, say ministers. It is the biggest wave of free schools this parliament and continues progress towards the goal of 500 more by 2020. The NUT said the news could not hide the fact “education policy is a mess”.

Saracens High School, a new secondary for north London, is the result of a partnership between European Cup holders Saracens and another local school, Ashmole Academy, says the Department for Education. Expansion of the free school programme was a Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2015 general election.

“Our country needs more good school places for children. This next wave of free schools means more options for parents so they can choose a place that really works for their child’s talents and needs,” said Education Secretary Justine Greening.

And National Association of Head Teachers General Secretary Russell Hobby called for more strategic planning to open new schools where they are most needed. “A quarter of open free schools are not in areas of basic need and over half are serving more advantaged communities. This is not an ideal allocation of scarce resources,” said Mr Hobby.

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  1. One quarter of the newly-approved free schools are to be set up by Reach2 – a rapidly expanding chain which already has 51 schools.  The majority of these haven’t yet been inspected since Reach2 took them over.  There have been problems in the past with such swift expansion (eg AET, CfBT, TKAT) but it appears the Government will never learn.

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