Conservative Councillors have welcomed an application by the Frank Field Education Trust to open Wirral’s first Free School.
In the first five years, 400 free schools were approved for opening in England by the Department for Education, representing more than 230,000 school places across the country.
Free schools are funded by the government but aren’t run by the local council. They’re ‘all-ability’ schools, so can’t use academic selection processes like a grammar school.
Councillor David Burgess-Joyce said: “This is good news for students and parents in Wirral. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen more of our existing schools recognised as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted but we need to do more to ensure all children, regardless of their background, reach their full potential.
“Every child deserves a school place that is appropriate for their needs. I’m delighted that Wirral could soon have its first Free School, to offer greater choice for parents, and would like to thank the Frank Field Education Trust for the work they are doing to make this a reality.”