Free School Among First to Open – Church hall opened doors to education

Free School Among First to Open

Free School Among First to Open – the idea for this education centre began in 2011

St Luke’s primary school in North London given the go ahead by the Government to open as a Free School.

Places are being offered to pupils in an area where there’s a great shortage in the community.. Government is confident free schools will raise education standards.

Free Schools have always been controversial.  But they have spiralled.  Demand is there and more have opened across the nation.

The Education Department fund free schools but aren’t run by local councils.  They control the process.

Free schools can: set their own pay and conditions for staff.  Change the length of school terms and the school day.  They don’t have to follow the national curriculum.

Free schools are run on a not-for-profit basis and can be set up by groups like: Charities, Universities. Independent schools, Community and Faith groups. Teachers, parents, businesses.

There are now more than 400 free schools either open or approved. A key Conservative manifesto pledge is to open 500 more by 2020.

When St Luke’s opened, spoke to Penelope Roberts, coordinator of the new education centre.  It was an exciting moment.  A new initiative and the word spreading.  The neighbourhood eager to have the school up and running in the area



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