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itsahen Tue 04-Feb-14 22:40:17

A new school is opening in our area and sounds really interesting. I keep wondering if its a gamble not knowing how it will turn out however. Has anyone overcome this?

tiggytape Tue 04-Feb-14 22:51:01

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itsahen Tue 04-Feb-14 23:08:30

Our other 3 options are all very different - in every aspect (size, faith/non faith, academy etc ) but ofsted outstanding and get excellent results. Even the least favoured school is ok - not great ofsted but people seem to like it. Hence such a dilemma

my2bundles Wed 05-Feb-14 10:13:08

It would feel like I was gambling with my childrens education and future with an unknown entity, so no.

nlondondad Wed 12-Feb-14 14:29:45

I think the thing to realise about Free Schools is what they all have in common. They are being explicitly being promoted by the Government with the idea that there is no common model, with each school being different, at least potentially. So in theory, what they have in common, is that they have very little in common! Other than being state financed. They are free, or at least the relavant sponsor is free, to choose the curriculum and choose the staff (who need not be qualified, again that is up to the sponsors of the Free School). one of the ideas behind this is to bring a greater diversity of chouce in what indeed becomes "the education market"

In practice this means that there are already a number of different types of Free School.

So for example, and these are actual examples, there is a huge difference between a school being set up by a group of parents in an area where there is a shortage of school places, and a school being set up by a commercial company in an area where there is no shortage of places, but a really valuable site which the company is going to get for nothing..

This does introduce an old principle from the commercial world into the world of state education.

"Let the buyer beware."

And of course this has always been true of independent schools.

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