Better Schools, More Choice

Giving parents more choice


Academies and free schools are proving very popular with parents. They also give schools more control over their own success. We want parent-led schools that meet local needs, are of the highest quality and will serve the whole community. This includes supporting the creation of new schools, and transforming existing schools.

Chestnut Grove, Graveney and Belleville have already become academies.

Ark Putney AcademyElliott School in Putney has become the ARK Putney Academy. It is run by educational charity ARK  which also runs the new Bolingbroke Academy in Battersea. Elliott's grade II listen buildings will be extensively renovated.

The school is non-selective and will focus on aspiration, motivation, achievement and providing outstanding teaching and leadership. ARK 's five existing schools with GCSE results have improved by an average of 10.5 percentage points each year since opening. Find out more.

Free schools

Bolingbroke Academy, a parent-promoted free school, opened in September 2012.

A new 420-pupil primary is proposed on the site of the former Putney Hospital. It will be an academy, run by the educational charity Oasis

A new primary free school, sponsored by the highly-successful Graveney School ,  has opened in Franciscan Road, Tooting. The Tooting Primary School opened its classrooms to the first 60 Reception pupils in September 2013 and will eventually admit 420 pupils.  The school will also house a small resource base to accommodate around 15-20 pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  

Another free school, the Rutherford House School, sponsored by the Bellevue-Place Group, opened in the former Balham Youth Court. It will eventually grow to accommodate 392 pupils.

The Mosaic Jewish Primary School also opened in September 2013.  The sponsors have secured a permanent site in Roehampton.

Education charity Floreat will open a 420 place school in Earlsfield, on the site of the former Atheldene Centre, in 2015.

The Marco Polo Trust has also submitted a bid to the DfE in the most recent free school application round with the aim of opening a Portuguese bilingual school in September 2014. 

Read more about the council's policy on free schools and academies.

Bilingual education

We are pioneering bilingual education as we believe it offers more choice and drives up standards. Shaftesbury Park opened a French bilingual stream in September 2013, joining Wix and Hotham, which are already bilingual.

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