Oasis Academy Romford has announced that it will not open as planned in September, several days after it revealed that its proposed temporary site had fallen through, the Romford Recorder reports:
More than 40 children do not know where they will go to school in September after Romford’s first free school today postponed its opening.
A free school has achieved outstanding results from its first cohort to take A levels, despite the deprived backgrounds of many of its pupils.
The Department for Education has rejected the characterisation of changes at a north London school as a second closure for its flagship free schools programme.
The question arose after a consultation website for Hartsbrook E-ACT free school stated that the school would be issued with a new Unique Reference Number (URN) as part of a move to a new academy trust.
Romford’s first free school has been forced to secure a new temporary site less than two months before the start of its first term.
The first three cohorts of free schools are educating a higher proportion of minority ethnic pupils than the state sector on average, The Guardian reports:
The government’s free schools programme has proved to be popular with non-white families, according to the first academic analysis of the policy, which also found free schools attracted brighter and slightly better-off primary-aged pupils compared with the national average.
Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network charity, which helps free school proposers set up new schools, is to be made a peer.
Evans will enter Parliament as one of 12 new Government appointments to the Lords.
EverythingFreeSchools interviewed Natalie Evans at the start of this year, where she spoke about the work the New School Network does, the challenges facing free schools, and and the future of the programme.
Catch up on our interview with Natalie Evans here:
A Bradford free school set to welcome its first pupils in September has had to postpone opening for a year, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports.
The school - Khalsa Engineering Academy - is the second to have pushed back its opening in recent weeks, joining Beckenham Harris Primary Academy in delaying its launch:
PLANS to open a new free school on the site of a former Bradford community centre have been put on hold.
THE PRINCIPAL and founder of one of the country’s first free schools has been sacked following a disciplinary investigation