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38 new free schools to open with 22,000 places

The Government has announced a further 38 new free schools have been approved to open. The majority are expected to open their doors in September 2015, with half due to be set up in the most deprived communities in England.

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Approvals means there are now 331 free schools

The DfE said the latest approvals means there are now 331 open and approved free schools across the country, creating 175,000 school places.

The popularity of free schools around the country shows no sign of abating - be that from groups wanting to set up new schools or from parents wanting to secure a place for their child.

Just as importantly, these schools are outperforming other state schools.

Free schools inspected so far were more than twice as likely to be judged 'outstanding' as other state schools.

– Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network

Among the latest schools to be approved are the LIPA Sixth Form College, which is being established by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, a specialist centre founded 18 years ago by Sir Paul McCartney, and The Powerlist Post 16 Leadership College in Lambeth, south London.

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