Two all-through free schools to create 2,400 places in Newham
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Two new all-through schools are set to be built in the borough.
The schools - School 21 Campus and School 21 Sugar House - were announced by the Department for Education today in the latest wave of free schools.
They will create more than 2,400 places between them and be operated by the trust behind School 21, in Pitchford Street, Stratford
Across the country, 131 new free schools have been announced.
Education secretary Justine Greening said: “We need schools that can bring out the best in every single child no matter where they’re growing up, how much their parents earn, or however different their talents are.
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“That’s why these new schools are so important - they give us the school places we need for the future, and they also give parents more choices to find a great school place in their area that’s right for their child.”
But shadow education secretary Angela Rayner added: “While new school places are welcome and necessary, the Government are failing to deliver the number of places that will be needed by 2020.
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“The free schools programme has been proven to be an enormously expensive and inefficient way to create school places.
“Today’s announcement alone almost certainly comes with a huge price tag, without necessarily even providing new school places in the areas that need them most. And this is at a time when existing schools are facing a severe funding crisis.”
In addition to the two new schools, Newham has three free schools in the pre-opening phase.
These include the all-through Bobby Moore Academy, Royal Wharf Primary School and an alternative provision secondary school, City Gateway Newham,
In addition, six free schools have already opened in the borough, the first being School 21 and the London Academy of Excellence in 2012.
Four other secondary schools – East London Science School, Oasis Academy Silvertown, London Design and Engineering UTC and Education Links – have followed.