Two more free schools to open in Brent

ARK has been give the green light to establish a new primary school in Wembley

ARK has been give the green light to establish a new primary school in Wembley - Credit: Archant

The education secretary has given the green light to the establishment of two new free schools – which will deliver a total of 1,470 extra places.

ARK will add its fourth school, ARK Wembley Primary Academy, to its ever growing roster of schools in Brent after it was sanctioned by Tory MP Nicky Morgan.

It already runs ARK Franklin primary and Ark Academy and Elvin secondary schools.

The new school is earmarked for a 2016 opening and will accommodate 630 pupils once it reaches full capacity in 2022.

A spokesman for ARK said: “This is exciting news. Having spoken to local parents we know there is a demand for more high quality school places in Wembley.

“We want every child to develop a love of learning, along with the skills that will enable them to thrive at secondary school.

“We will be talking to parents and other interested members of the local community to explain more details about our plans.”

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Education charity, One Degree, will also set up school, catering for 840 pupils, aged four to 18.

It will offer a mixture of traditional teaching and IT facilities to deliver the global-minded Cambridge Curriculum, which is claimed to be the “gold standard” in education.

The official opening date is yet to be announced.

Ms Morgan has approved 35 new free school applications in total, creating more than 22,000 additional school places for children across England.

She said: “Thanks to our plan for education, more children in England have the opportunity to go to a good or outstanding school than ever before and free schools have been crucial to that change – with more than two-thirds of free schools meeting this high standard.

“We are giving thousands more parents a choice of high-quality local schools that offer the excellent standard of education that all pupils deserve.”