The Durham Free School News

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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 [ ... ]

Parental dissatisfaction with local school choice ...
16 Sep 2014

The New Schools Network is today publishing one of the largest polls of parents this year, testing views on how parents view their local school, exploring what parents value in a good school and asking how their own school measures up. The results sh [ ... ]

Free school 'buzzing' with 90 pupils, but still no...
05 Sep 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL free school has trebled in size for the new term, but is still waiting for a permanent site. The Durham Free School (TDFS) opened in the former Durham Gilesgate Sports College last September with 30 year seven pupils. When classes r [ ... ]

The Durham Free School undertakes first residentia...
11 Apr 2014

A FREE school has undertaken its first residential study trip. Pupils from The Durham Free School spent three days in North Yorkshire, staying at a youth hostel in Swaledale. They practised map reading, walked around Reeth and visited an old lead mi [ ... ]

Durham Free School prepares for 50-strong intake w...
25 Mar 2014

      The first Free School in Durham is set to more than double in size from September after many more local families have made it their first choice school. The Durham Free School (TDFS) has already grown by 20 per cent sinc [ ... ]

Community hits back
21 Jan 2014

Parents at a new school in Durham have reacted angrily to criticism, saying the education of children and choice for families should come before political point scoring. Parents campaigned for three years to open the Durham Free School because it was [ ... ]

Pupils speak out
24 Oct 2013

  Students have given Durham’s newest secondary school top marks a month after starting.Year 7 pupils at The Durham Free School say they are glad they took the step to join and become its first cohort of children. The Free School opened in [ ... ]

Durham's first free school officially open
09 Sep 2013

COUNTY Durham’s first free school welcomed its first pupils today (Thursday, September 5). As Durham Free School’s doors opened for the first time, headteacher Peter Cantley said it was a tremendously exciting moment and a little bit of history  [ ... ]

The Durham Free School unveils its new uniform
23 Aug 2013

THE first pupils at a school due to open its doors next month have been showing off their new uniform. Durham Free School has unveiled the purple, black and grey outfits its first pupils will wear from September. The uniform comprises a black blaze [ ... ]

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