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Government approve the opening of new non-selective free school in Bexley - Cleeve School

PUBLISHED: 14:58 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 12 April 2017

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The approval comes in a bid to squash overcrowded classrooms

The government has approved 111 new free schools, across the country, with one being opened in Bexley.

The government claims the long-awaited approvals mean it is on-track to creating 500 new free schools in this parliament, however many won’t open until September 2020.

When opened, the new schools will provide more than 69,000 places in total, including 4,000 for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Of the 111 free schools approved in this round, 27 will be in the south east, 18 in the east of England, 16 in London, 15 in the south west, 12 in the West Midlands, nine in the east midlands, seven in Yorkshire and the Humber, five in the north west and two in the north east.

Schools approved include the non-selective free Cleeve School in Bexley.

Education secretary Justine Greening, said: “We need schools that can bring out the best in every single child no matter where they’re growing up, how much their parents earn, or however different their talents are.

“That’s why these new schools are so important – they give us the school places we need for the future, and they also give parents more choices to find a great school place in their area that’s right for their child.”

Toby Young, director of New Schools Network, added the geographic spread of the free schools show the “government’s commitment to extending the benefits of the free schools policy to all parts of the country”.

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