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New free schools to open this month

  • Marine Academy Primary, Plymouth
  • Plymouth School of Creative Arts (all-thorough), Plymouth
  • Route 39 Secondary Academy, Devon
  • Sparkwell All Saints Primary, Devon
  • Steiner Academy (all-through), Exeter

They are schools that are paid for by the tax payer but not under the control of the local authority, they are run by parents and teachers.

Two University Training Colleges (UTC) will also open in September, including the Devon Health Studio School in Torbay, and Plymouth UTC.


Exeter University to open a free school

Exeter University buildings Credit: PA

Exeter University is to open a new free school specialising in maths. The school will be jointly run with Exeter College. It is expected to open in September next year, and will cater for around 120 pupils: 16 to 19 year-olds who want to study maths.

A fifth of them will be able to board at the university between Monday and Thursday in a bid to attract youngsters from across the South West.