Thousands of pupils to start new term in 52 new schools

More than 30,000 new school places have been created across England as the number of free schools opened since 2011 passes 500.

Thousands of children will begin the term in 52 new schools as the next wave of free schools open their doors for the next academic year.

The new schools open a few weeks after several existing free schools across the country reported exceptional results in GCSE and A Levels.

The 52 new openers take the total number of free schools opened since 2011 to over 500, meaning more than four in five of local authorities now have at least one free school in their area.

The newly-opened schools include primary, secondary and all-through schools, and sixth form colleges – with some tailored specifically to technical education, including new UTCs, and a number of schools for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Parliamentary under secretary of state for the school system, Lord Nash, commented: “The 52 new schools will provide much-needed places and encourage innovation, driving up standards and ensuring even more parents have the choice of a good school place for their child.”

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