St Andrew the Apostle achieves free school first

England’s first state-funded Greek Orthodox secondary school has opened its doors in north London.

St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School, which welcomed its first pupils on 7 September, is located in Barnet and will also serve families in Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire.

While the school reserves 50 per cent of places for Greek Orthodox families, it stresses that it “serves pupils of all faiths and beliefs in the 11-19 age range”.

The school says that it will be an inclusive place, where children with special educational needs or disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds can make “exceptional progress”. Its free school sponsor, the Russell Education Trust, has also worked with academic experts to design a curriculum that includes religious studies, classics, Latin, modern Greek and ancient Greek.

More than 100 new free schools were given the go-ahead to open in 2014 by Education Secretary Michael Gove and a reported 93 schools are opening their doors this month too, including Thames Valley School which is being sponsored by the NAS.

The new school opened on 16 September and can provide places for up to 50 children aged 4 to 16 who have been diagnosed with autism (including Asperger syndrome).

The school will focus on helping students to overcome their barriers to learning, support them in the development of social skills and coping strategies, and encourage them to learn to manage their own behaviour. Thames Valley aims high when it comes to its pupils’ academic achievements, which it hopes as many pupils as possible will achieve 5 A*-C at GCSE including English and maths.

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