Prime Minister announces new Free School for Greenwich

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Councillor Matt Hartley, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich, has welcomed the news that a new Free School, Stationers’ Academy Greenwich Peninsula, has been approved. The move, announced today by the Prime Minister, will help to create more good school places in the borough, creating a ‘sister school’ to the highly successful and over-subscribed Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, whose students are celebrating record GCSE and A-Level results this year.

Stationers’ Academy Greenwich Peninsula will open in 2016 as a new secondary school in Greenwich for 11- to 19-year-olds. Located on Greenwich’s ‘digital peninsula’, the school will work closely with local higher education providers and businesses, giving students experience of business and enterprise and the opportunity to work on radio, television and digital recording projects.

The move comes as Labour-run Greenwich Council is coming under pressure over insufficient places at local authority-run secondary schools in the borough. At February’s Greenwich Council meeting, Labour councillor Danny Thorpe revealed that the council was ‘struggling’ to provide enough places for all 11 year olds this September, in response to questioning from Conservative councillors about the council’s plans.

Cllr Matt Hartley, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich, said: “With continuing doubts over whether Greenwich council can provide the secondary school places that our borough needs, this new Free School on the Greenwich Peninsula is extremely welcome. The government’s education reforms are continuing to improve standards here in Greenwich and across the country, and I am delighted that its decision to approve Stationers’ Academy Greenwich Peninsula means that even more local children will benefit.

“Since 2010, thanks to the hard work of local teachers and the impact of Conservative education reforms, 5,525 more children in Greenwich & Woolwich now attend schools rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, giving them the best possible chance to succeed in life.”

Today’s announcement brings the total number of open and approved Free Schools across the country to more than 400, creating around 230,000 new school places. ‪Free Schools are set up by teachers, parents and community groups and tend to raise the performance of those around them, meaning more opportunities for children to learn the skills they need to get on in life. More than 40,000 pupils are already attending free schools just three-and-a-half years after the first one opened its gates. Over two-thirds of these free schools are already rated good or outstanding.