• Domed: The free school facing funding axe

    A free school stuck in temporary accommodation – including running its canteen from an inflatable dome – for the past three years could have its funding terminated after Ofsted placed it in special measures. King Solomon International Business School, an all-through Christian ethos school set up by a community group in Birmingham, moved into its

    7.00 Dec. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Firm behind first for-profit free school is still losing money

    The private company behind the country’s first for-profit free school has made a loss for the third year in a row, documents reveal. Accounts for the year to June 30, show IES International English Schools UK, which runs IES Breckland free school in Brandon, Suffolk, made an operating loss of £34,500 in 2018. The company

    7.00 Nov. 4th, 2018 | News

  • UK's biggest free school bans mixed ability teaching

    The biggest free school campus in the country has opened its doors for the first time and is cutting down on mixed-ability teaching. The £45 million Riverside Campus in Barking, run by the Partnership Learning trust, has the capacity for 2,600 pupils between Riverside Secondary School, Riverside Primary School and special educational needs school Riverside

    5.00 Sep. 30th, 2017 | News

  • Free school that omits arts and humanities rated ‘inadequate’

    A free school in Newcastle that does not teach humanities, arts or foreign languages has been branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in its first inspection. The education watchdog singled out the “unacceptable” absence of subjects at Discovery School, which also omits physical education, in its report from an inspection conducted in May. “The curriculum is failing

    5.00 Jul. 31st, 2017 | News