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Seven new free schools to open acrosss county.

Byline: LUCY LYNCH News Reporter

EDUCATION ministers confirmed there will be seven new free schools opening in Warwickshire - including a new secondary school for Rugby.

Minsters recently announced there are 77 new free schools in the pre-opening stage around the country, seven of them in Warwickshire and none in Coventry.

Bosses at the partially selective secondary Ashlawn School in Rugby have permission to open a secondary school in the town. The REAch2 Academy Trust has permission to open two primary schools in Warwickshire: one will be in Nuneaton and one in Rugby.

The same trust also has permission to open 19 others in other parts of the Midlands and the south.

Heathcote Primary School, currently under construction in Harbury Lane, Warwick, will be opened by the Community Academies Trust.

St Gabriel's Church of England Academy is due to open as a free school at the old radio masts near Rugby in September next year.

Also in September next year the MacIntyre Free School is due to open in Rugby for nine to 19-yearolds with special needs. It will be part of a chain of academies and alternative provision centres serving children with special needs.

Rugby Gateway School is to be built in the town's Leicester Road to serve new housing in the area.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: "Our country needs more good school places for children. This next wave of free schools means more options for parents so they can choose a place that really works for their child's talents and needs."

General secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers Russell Hobby said: "Free schools can add much needed capacity, and are increasingly run by established school groups, but where they set up can be a random combination of desire and drive, rather than a strategic plan to create school places exactly where they are needed. Free schools at best deliver extra capacity in particular areas, which is not the same as a coordinated and measured approach to place planning. As a result a quarter of open free schools are not in areas of basic need and over half are serving more advantaged communities."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 21, 2016
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