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Wallington Grammar School and Avanti schools trust given permission to open new schools in Croydon
09/03/2015 12:55:00


The Prime Minister has today announced two new free schools in Croydon.

‪Free schools are set up by teachers, parents and community groups and tend to raise the performance of those around them. ‬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 schools are already rated good or outstanding. ‬‬

Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) Federation will open WCGS Federation Free School, a new secondary school for 11- to 18-year-olds, probably in September 2018. Wallington County Grammar School is currently in the top 50 schools for A levels nationally. I should declare an interest - my oldest son goes there and we're very happy with the education he is getting. I am sure many Croydon parents will be delighted to have a local school with a grammar school ethos.

The Avanti Schools Trust will open Avanti Heath Clarke Primary School, a new primary school for 420 pupils, in September 2016. The school will have a Hindu ethos but will deliver an inclusive curriculum with a focus on literacy and numeracy. The Trust already runs four other schools, all of which have recently been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The Prime Minister said:

New schools like the Wallington County Grammar School Federation Free School and Avanti Heath Clarke Primary School are an important part of our plan to improve education so our children can compete with the world's best and enjoy a better future. The opening of these schools will provide a welcome boost to families in Croydon. Gavin has been a strong voice for higher standards and improved discipline in local schools and I am pleased that we have been able to deliver for the area.

These schools will give parents a wider choice. I’ve worked hard behind the scenes in support of both of these applications and am thrilled they’ve been given the go ahead.

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