New free school to be opened in Doncaster

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As the Prime Minister announces the first wave of free schools set to be approved in this Parliament - plans for a new free school in Doncaster have been confirmed.

The XP Schools Trust will open their second secondary school, XP East, in September 2017.

A Department of Education spokesman confirmed that the new 350 place school will be located next to the existing XP School in Doncaster next to the Keepmoat Stadium complex in a ‘deliberate move to create a small campus feel’ for both schools.

They continued: “The XP schools are based on an innovative approach to learning developed in certain charter schools in America in which subjects are taught through project based learning. The XP School opened in 2014 and is proving so popular that there are two applications for each place. XP East will bring greater choice for parents and help to raise standards in Doncaster.”

This comes as Prime Minister David Cameron is due to vow today he will ‘not waver’ in his commitment to open 500 new free schools over the next five years.

He is also due to announce the first wave to be approved this parliament and will pledge to deliver two waves of new schools every year until 2020.

The Government’s commitment to open 500 free schools over the next five years is estimated to create 270,000 school places across the country and will aim to ‘give 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.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “As a One Nation Government we are clear that every family should have access to a great local school and every child should get the very best education - and free schools are a crucial part of that aim. The aim of this policy is crystal clear - to increase the number of good and outstanding school places so that more parents have the security of knowing their child is getting a great education.

“Today’s announcement shows that we will not waver in pressing ahead with our plans to open 500 more of these innovative and exciting schools over the next five years, creating 270,000 places, delivering an excellent education and giving parents across the country real choice for their children.”