News round-up: ‘Gove plans more free schools before election’ – Hunt

Michael Gove will rush through a number of new free school bids before next year’s general election, according to Tristram Hunt, the Independent reports:

Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to rush through new applications for free schools in the run-up to the general election next year, Tristram Hunt has claimed.

Regional schools commissioners: the full list

The first of the Government’s regional schools commissioners (RSCs) have been appointed and will soon begin their roles overseeing England’s 4,000 free schools and academies.

Six RSCs have been appointed, together with one national schools commissioner, to whom the RSCs will report.

News round-up: Grammar school draws up new free school plans

A successful grammar school is considering setting up a free school to serve the south London and Surrey area, the Sutton Guardian reports:

A top grammar school is planning to build a comprehensive school to serve pupils from Sutton, Surrey and Croydon.

News round-up: Council approves playing fields site for free school

Harrow Council has approved the construction of a free school - Avanti House – on local playing fields, ThisIsLocalLondon reports:

The leader of Harrow Borough Council says she is proud the authority has been able help find a new home for a Hindu free school.

News round-up: £3m cost of failed free school

Discovery New School - which closed its doors for the last time on Friday, having been open for less than three years – has cost more than £3m in total, the Brighton Argus reports:

A failed free school closing today has cost taxpayers more than £3 million.

News round-up: New head takes over at Kings Science Academy

An interim head teacher has taken the reins at Kings Science Academy, following the arrest of the principal over allegations of fraud, the Yorkshire Post reports:

A NEW interim head teacher has been appointed to help lead a free school where the principal has been arrested by police investigating alleged fraud.


News Roundup – First Ofsted Early Years Report published today

The first ever Ofsted Early Years Report was published today.

The report claims that children from deprived areas are not doing as well as their wealthier counterparts and that more oversight and accountability is needed.

5 important points:

News round-up: The story of Kings Science Academy

As one of the first free schools to open in 2011, Kings Science Academy showed great promise. However, the school was to run into difficulies, receiving a series of critical Ofsted reports and facing the arrest of its principal. The Guardian reports:

On the website of the Kings science academy in Bradford is a letter from  David Cameron, thanking its principal, Sajid Hussain Raza, for the welcome he received during a visit in March 2012. The prime minister was clearly impressed with this flagship free school – one of the first to open in the autumn of 2011.

News round-up: Greenwich free school with no site may fail to open for second year running

A specialist languages free school granted approval to open in Greenwich could fail to open for a second year running due to a failure to find a suitable site, the News Shopper reports:

A “pioneering” Greenwich free school with bags of support from parents and the government is desperate to find a building for its September launch.

News round-up: £45m cost of new free school

A new free school – Harris Westminster Sixth Form – will cost £45m, prompting questions over whether the DfE is getting value for money, the Independent reports:

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has approved a plan to spend £45m on a free school, making it almost certainly the most expensive in the country even though it has just 500 students, The Independent has learnt.