The Durham Free School News

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Last Day for The Durham Free School
26 Mar 2015

Students, staff and parents of The Durham Free School have marked the school’s closure with a service of thanksgiving. Less than two years after opening, Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan ordered that the school be shut despite a pas [ ... ]

Out in the country: Pupils from The Durham Free Sc...
13 Feb 2015

Students from a school at the centre of a national debate about education have 'escaped to the country' on a residential field trip. While campaigners continue to fight for the future of The Durham Free School, life is carrying on as normal for p [ ... ]

Families still applying for their children to join...
04 Feb 2015

Families are still applying for their children to join a Durham school, now and in the future, even though it is threatened with closure.   The Durham Free School has received several applications this week from parents who want to transfer th [ ... ]

Durham Free School rated as 'successful' by DfE mo...
28 Jan 2015

"A successful free school securing good teaching and promoting positive attitudes to learning in their pupils.”That was the assessment in June of a school by a Department of Education "expert" that the Secretary of State now wants to close. The  [ ... ]

Durham Free School Governors demand answers from E...
28 Jan 2015

Governors of the Durham Free School are demanding answers from education officials on issues they say will prove why the proposed closure of the school is unfair. John Denning, chairman of governors, has made ten formal requests under the& [ ... ]

Durham Free School parents and staff outraged by L...
23 Jan 2015

Staff and parents at The Durham Free School have expressed outrage at "aggressive and bullying" behaviour towards families to commit quickly to moving their children to other schools. The Free School remains open as normal while parents build a grow [ ... ]

2 weeks to save your school - parents threaten leg...
21 Jan 2015

  DEVASTATED parents and staff have just two weeks to save a failed flagship free school, it emerged today. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced she was terminating funding for Durham Free School (DFS) yesterday (Monday, January 19), [ ... ]

Families in Durham back school’s new leadership
15 Jan 2015

PARENTS have rallied to voice their support for a school they say is transforming their children's lives. Families from The Durham Free School came together to back the school’s new leadership and to express their anger at negative comments by [ ... ]

Parents: 'We were right to open Free School'
28 Sep 2014

PARENTS who fought to open the first free school in County Durham say new research has validated their campaign. More than a third of parents in the North East think the standard of schools in their area is average or worse, according to a new surve [ ... ]

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