79 new schools now approved to open from 2012 onwards

Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:41
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Government has approved 79 new, state-funded schools to open from September 2012 onwards. They are being set up by teachers, charities, universities, employers, and other groups in response to demand from local parents and industry


In addition, a further eight Free Schools and three UTCs are already working on setting up their schools to open in September 2012 and beyond. Some alternative provision Free Schools, special Free Schools and Studio Schools are likely to be approved later this year.

Free Schools and UTCs will increase choice for parents and pupils in communities across the country and significantly, the vast majority are in disadvantaged areas. They are central to the Government’s drive to raise education standards for all, regardless of their background or family circumstances. The make up of the new Free Schools announced today reflects the Government’s commitment to improving social mobility, with education reform at the core. UTCs will play an important role in ensuring that young people have the skills that employers demand – which is crucial for economic growth.

Free Schools are funded by the Government and, like academies, have greater freedoms than local authority run schools. They are run by teachers and have freedom over the length of the school day, the curriculum and how they spend their money.

Of the Free Schools aiming to open from 2012 onwards, 21 are primary schools, 33 are secondary schools, eight are all-through schools and one is a 16-19 school. More than two thirds have proposed sites which are situated in the 50 per cent most deprived areas of the country. Others will meet additional need for schools places, meaning that more than 90 per cent of successful applicants have proposed school sites in areas that are deprived or crying out for places.

UTCs are academies for 14–19-year-olds. They focus on providing technical education that meets the needs of modern business. They offer full-time courses, which focus on technical specialisms and academic studies. These specialisms include engineering, science technologies and health care.  All UTCs are sponsored by a local university and employers. In total, more than 130 employers are involved in the 13 UTCs. Among them are household names like Silverstone race track, the Royal Navy, Procter & Gamble, Rolls-Royce, and BlackBerry.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

"The people who are driving Free Schools and UTCs are true pioneers. They are leading a revolution in the education system.

These new schools allow talented and experienced people to be imaginative and bold in creating great new schools. They will offer more choice to parents in the type of education their child receives, and will raise standards in many communities where the need is great.

UTCs are also a key part of the Government’s drive to provide school leavers with the technical knowledge and skills that industry demands. This is vital for our economic growth."

Source: DFE

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