Government approves six new free schools in east London

An Oasis Academy, similar to the design coming to the school in Silvertown.

An Oasis Academy, similar to the design coming to the school in Silvertown. - Credit: Archant

Six new schools have been given approval by the Government to open in east London in September 2014.

The Department for Education (DfE) rubber stamped 102 free schools yesterday.

City Gateway, a charity set up in 1999 by a group of city workers, is setting up an alternative provision school in Newham for 14 to 19-year-olds.

The organisation hope to offer a lifeline to young people from poorer backgrounds and those who have been excluded from mainstream education.

City Gateway, who already run a similar school in Tower Hamlets, look forward to engaging with “disillusioned” young people to help them realise their full potential.

Education Links, part of Canning Town charity Community Links, has been working with excluded youngsters for 17 years but the DfE has granted it free school status.

The school has grown from offering basic skills to GCSEs and BTEC qualifications and this move would allow them plan over a three year cycle instead of one to work with new corporate sponsors and local schools.

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Oasis Academy Silvertown will be a secondary school for students aged 11 to 16 opening with four forms of entry with an initial intake of 120 Year Sevens.

Oasis has partnered up with Britannia Village Primary School and they are currently finalising a deal with a developer to secure a site.

The David Ross Education Trust was also celebrating the approval of their East London Free School, offering an all-through education with a sports specialism with hopes to build on the Olympic Park - although the LLDC say that, while providing “high quality education is very much a part of our vision”, a deal has yet to be made.

Plans for the East London Academy of Music (ELAM) were also approved and it is currently seeking a site in Tower Hamlets with provision for students in six surrounding boroughs.

Will Kennard, one half of drum and bass outfit Chase & Status, is leading the project with retiring head of the Brit School Sir Nick Williams acting as a governor.

The London Enterprise Academy, proposed by school teachers, professionals, and parents in Tower Hamlets, was also given the go-ahead to “inspire the next generation of professionals and entrepreneurs”.