Article Taken from HugoSwire.org.uk:
Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon, has welcomed the news that Digital Primary Academy has been approved, helping to create more good school places in East Devon.
The Digital Primary Academy - a Free School - will open in 2016, creating 420 new primary places in northeast Exeter. The school will be opened by the same trust that runs the oversubscribed and 'outstanding' Broadclyst Primary Academy, the only UK primary school recognised as a Microsoft Mentor School and part of the Microsoft Global Challenge.
This announcement brings the total number of open and approved Free Schools 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.
Mr Swire commented:
‘I am absolutely delighted that the Digital Primary Academy has been approved’.
‘The Broadclyst Primary School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and, according to the Schools Minister, is one of the top 250 schools in the UK so it is great news that the trust that runs Broadclyst Primary will also manage the Digital Primary Academy. It really does have the making of an excellent school’.
‘Since their introduction by this Government, Free Schools have had an excellent track record. Not only do they create more school places, which are needed in East Devon, but they have consistently performed better than council funded schools and have had the effect of incentivising nearby underperforming schools to raise their academic standards’.
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