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100 new free schools revealed

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The government has announced a fresh wave of more than 100 free schools

The 102 new educational centres – announced by prime minister David Cameron today – are part of a government drive to offer more choice to parents and improve standards.

The first 24-strong wave of the new schools opened in September, spread across a variety of converted buildings and temporary facilities.

Schools announced today include 40 primaries, 28 secondaries and 10 primary and secondary-combined  schools.

Close to a third are faith schools while five are special schools and five are private schools joining the public sector.

Visiting a school later today Cameron is expected to say: ‘Free schools symbolise everything that is good about the revolution that we are bringing to Britain’s schools.

‘Choice for parents. Power in the hands of teachers. Discipline. Rigour. High quality education in areas that are crying out for more good local schools.’

New Schools Network director Rachel Wolf told BBC News there was a ‘huge momentum’ behind setting up free schools.

‘Today’s announcement sees the free schools movement well on its way to delivering a great new school for every community’, she said.

Ryder Architecture’s project to convert a disused hospital in Battersea, south London into a free school (pictured) is planned to open in September.

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