New free schools given the green light

David Mackintosh has welcomed the news that two schools have been approved in the East Midlands, including one in Northampton, helping to create 200 more good school places in the region.

Prime Minister David Cameron vowed today he will “not waver” in his commitment to open 500 new free schools over the next five years – as he announced the first wave to be approved this Parliament and pledged to deliver two waves of new schools every year until 2020.

The announcement includes the Catch22 Northamptonshire Academy, which will be an alternative provision school for four to 16-year-olds in Northampton.

The Government’s commitment to open 500 free schools over the next five years will create 270,000 school places across the country – giving parents more choice while challenging existing schools to up their game.

Today, the first 18 projects of this parliament have had the green light – creating more than 9,000 places across the country and giving more families the choice of an excellent education for their children than ever before.

They will join the 252 already open and the 52 new free schools opening up their doors as schools head back this week. These will bring the total number of free school places created since 2010 to more than 236,000 – making this policy the most successful new schools programme, with schools being created more quickly than ever before.

David Mackintosh, Conservative MP for Northampton South, said: “As a One Nation government, we are committed to providing an excellent education – and free schools are a crucial part of that aim.

“Both the free schools approved today and those opening their doors this term will increase the number of good and outstanding school places giving more parents the security of knowing their child is getting a great education.

“Today’s news sends a clear message that we are committed to extending this unprecedented level of choice to more parents than ever before.”