October 11, 2011

79 New Free Schools and UTCs approved

by Jan Harris

The government has approved applications for 55 free schools and 13 university technical colleges (UTCs).

The new educational establishments will be able to open from September next year.

They include a new Jewish free school in Golders Green, which will become the third Jewish free school in London.

The Golders Green Jewish Primary School will open with a reception class of 28 children, but will eventually be able to teach up to 196 children, half of whom will be Jewish.

The school will be run by Rabbi Harvey Belovski from Golders Green Synagogue.

The Greenwich Free School has also been approved and could open in 2012.

The school is the brainchild of Greenwich teacher Sarah Jones and will have a ‘no excuses policy’ when it comes to results.

Students will have personalised timetables with an emphasis on English, maths and science.

The school day will extend from 8am to 5.30pm and will include tutor-led homework time and extra-curricular activities.

Other schools securing approval include a Steiner free school in Frome, the Frome Steiner Academy, and the first free school in Oxfordshire.

The Oxfordshire based Europa School will teach lessons in English, French and German and pupils will take European Baccalaureate exams rather than GCSEs.

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