With a growing crisis over school places a brand new free school has opened in a former office block in the centre of Bournemouth.Read the full story ›
Ten more free schools won government approval to launch in the region today. They will open in 2014.Read the full story ›
The Department of Education has released a list of the ten new Free Schools which will open in 2014 in the Meridian region.
- Bray Free Primary School, Windsor and Maidenhead
- Cobham Free School (Senior Department), Secondary, Surrey
- Crawley Free School, All through school, West Sussex
- Evendons Primary School, Wokingham
- INSPIRE Special Free School, Secondary, Medway
- Island Free School, Secondary, Isle of Wight
- Jubilee Primary School, Kent
- Salisbury Sixth Form College, Wiltshire
- The Heights Primary School, Reading
- West Reading Education Network (WREN), Secondary, Reading
Ten free schools in our patch have been approved by Department for Education and are due to open in September 2014.
In total 102 new school given go ahead today by the government. Free schools are state funded by outside of local authority control and are set up by parents, charities, teachers and educationalists.
Well as you may have noticed on the roads this morning, it was back to school for many across the region today. But for some, it was an entirely new type of school
Free schools are state-funded, have the freedom to set their own curriculum and can be set up by parents and community groups.
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Ties are handed out at one of the first new free schools in our region. Our correspondents Christine Alsford and Sarah Saunders will be reporting today on free schools setting up in Meridian West and East.
We're visiting the latest free schools to open in our region today - four of the 55 opening this term will be in the south.
Here, pupils are starting classes at Oakbank School, Ryeish Green, near Reading.