Two new free schools given the green light

‘More places will mean more op­tions for par­ents’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

HILLING­DON will have two new free schools, in­clud­ing one for stu­dents with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs, af­ter get­ting ap­proval.

The Gazette re­cently re­ported the Bishop Ram­sey Academy Trust has been given the goa­head to build the Bishop Ar­den Church of govern­ment Eng­land School in the bor­ough, ready to open in Septem­ber 2018.

Along­side this suc­cess­ful bid, Hilling­don High School and Or­chard Hill Spe­cial Free School have also been given the go-ahead De­part­ment Ed­u­ca­tion.

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.

“Along­side the re­forms an­nounced last week, this will build on the progress that has seen 1.4 mil­lion more chil­dren in ‘good’ or ‘out­stand­ing’ schools than in 2010.

“This will help de­liver the true mer­i­toc­racy the prime min­is­ter has pledged to cre­ate.”

Hilling­don High School is a joint pro­posal from the head teach­ers of Ruis­lip High School, Hay­don School, North­wood School, Vyn­ers School and by the for

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