Over 80,000 new free school places to be created

The government has given the green light for 77 new free schools to be opened over the next few years, providing spaces for over 80,000 pupils.

The new schools will go towards meeting the government’s target of opening 500 new free schools by 2020 and includes a parent-led special school for children with autism and a secondary school launched by the rugby Premiership champions and European Cup winners, Saracens.

Additionally, the REAch2 Academy Trust is set to open a further 22 schools by 2020, providing over 20,000 additional primary places, and the Harris Federation will open three new secondaries and a primary school.

Nigel Wray, chairman, Saracens Rugby Club said: “What a marvellous opportunity we have been given! At the Saracens High School we will combine our sporting beliefs to create a unique school environment where every individual student matters, academic achievement is important and a real emphasis is placed on teamwork and the creation of great memories. The hard work starts from this point.”

Sir Steve Lancashire, chief executive Officer of REAch2 Academy Trust, said: “We are delighted to be given the green light for 22 new free schools, which we will open over the next few years. Free schools and academies are making a huge difference to the quality of education right across the country and we very much look forward to establishing these new schools so that we can offer exceptional opportunities for learning to even more children.”

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