Today, the Education Secretary has announced that 53 new free schools are opening across the country, creating up to 40,000 new school places and ensuring every child has the best start in life.
- 53 new free schools and one University Technical College will open their doors today, creating up to 40,000 new school places across the country. The new openers have been set up by multi-academy trusts, charities and community groups and often provide specialist education for pupils.
- This means thousands of pupils across England are starting a new term in classrooms that combine innovative education with high standards. The schools are working with the likes of Saracens Rugby Club and Sky to provide pupils with excellent sports activities and classes on cutting edge media technology
- The new schools open as 20 local authorities across the country are set to receive a share of a £50 million funding boost to support the creation of new free schools where they are needed most.
Innovative free schools are leading the way in creating new, great schools where they are needed most and give parents greater choice when looking at the schools that are right for their children. We are committed to improving schools so everyone can have the best start in life, and go as far as their talents and hard work can take them.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:
"I want to create new, great schools where they are needed most and give parents greater choice when looking at the schools that are right for their children. For years, innovative free schools have been leading the way on this – from the specialist maths schools run by some of our top universities to the special free schools creating places for children who have additional learning needs.
The new schools opening their doors this term will build on this record, bringing in the likes of Saracens Rugby Club and Sky to provide pupils with excellent sports activities and classes on cutting edge media technology. Thanks to reforms like this and the hard work of our teachers, we have 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010 – I look forward to seeing these new schools flourish too."