Three new free schools announced for the Norwich area - and an alternative provision school in Lowestoft

Steve Lancashire, chief executive of Reach2

Steve Lancashire, chief executive of Reach2 - Credit: Archant

The government has announced three new primary schools will be created in the Norwich area, as well as one in Lowestoft for children who have been excluded from mainstream school.

The new free schools - brand new schools that are independent of the local authority - will be run by Reach2, the biggest sponsor of primary academies in England.

The organisation recently moved into Suffolk, with a cluster of academies in the Lowestoft area, but this is the first time it will have free schools or academies in Norfolk.

They are among 77 new free schools announced by education secretary Justine Greening this morning - 22 of which will be run by Reach2.

Sir Steve Lancashire, chief executive officer of Reach2, said: 'We are delighted to be given the green light to open an additional eight academies in the area. We have an established track record of delivering exceptional opportunities for learning to children right across the country and look forward to offering the same high quality education to more local families in the region.'

Two of the Norwich free schools will be on Beeston Park, a 3,500 home development in Old Catton and Sprowston, with the other in White House Farm, in Sprowston.

Reach2's alternative provision free school in Lowestoft will be joined by one to serve the new housing development in Woods Meadow. It will also have new primary schools in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

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The news follows the government's announcement in July of another free school, the St Clements Hill Primary Academy, which be sponsored by the Right for Success Trust, and be built on Sewell Park Academy's land off Sprowston Road, Norwich.

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