Education Secretary Michael Gove approved more than 100 free school applications today including a number in this region.
Many of the schools will be based in deprived areas or where there is a shortage of school places, with 72% of free school approvals going towards meeting basic need.
The 102 free schools, which are expected to open in 2014, will join the 81 current free schools and 109 which are due to open from September. In total, the free schools will cover 130,000 school places.
The free schools approved by Michael Gove in this region:
Aspire Academy - Essex
Ascot Road Community School - Herts
Harperbury Free School - Herts
Harris Primary Free School Chafford - Thurrock
Hemel Hempstead Community Free School - Herts
Ixworth Free School - Suffolk (run by Seckford same as Beccles and Saxmundham)
Jane Austen College - Norwich
Malcolm Arnold Primary School - Northants
On Track Chiltern - Bedfordshire
Watford Town Community Free School - Herts