Mosaic Jewish Primary School celebrates success of free schools with prime minister

Article posted on Thursday, October, 23rd, 2014 at 10:44 am

Prime Minister attends New Schools Receptiono

Mosaic Jewish Primary School celebrates success of free schools with prime minister

22nd October 2014 – Shirley Lee, Chair of Governors for Mosaic Jewish Primary School (MJPS) was invited to Lancaster House in London to represent MJPS at a reception celebrating the success of free schools across the country.

 The Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron and Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan both attended and referred to the success of Free schools which are state-funded schools, independent of local council control. Free schools have the freedom to innovate and respond directly to the needs of parents and local communities.

The audience was reminded that establishing new schools is a crucial and effective way to improve education across the country – boosting choice for parents and helping drive up standards across the board.

MJPS was one of over 200 schools represented at the event. The first free schools opened just over three years ago in September 2011, yet there are now 360 of these schools open or approved to open, together creating more than 200,000 new school places. MJPS opened in 2013 as a cross-community Jewish school which intends to retain a balance of 50% local children and 50% faith places. The school lives its vision to ‘Inspire, Respect and Excel.’ Which is central to its ethos.

The Prime Minister, said: “The success of free schools has been remarkable…..Free schools bring innovation, create choice and competition, and raise standards and I whole-heartedly believe that they are driving an extraordinary and beneficial change in Britain. We want to go on investing and helping with the Free School success, to create the best education system in Western Europe that enables young people to get on and make the most of their lives”.

Shirley Lee, Chair of the Governing body at MJPS said: “It was a special honour to be addressed by the Prime Minister at this event and I was fortunate to have the opportunity of speaking with Mr Cameron personally. He asked about MJPS and showed particular interest in the successes and the challenges of setting up a new school and he asked about our location. I took the opportunity of telling him that Wandsworth had been supportive to our Free school as the PM’s speech had referred to local authorities where this was not the case. “

Editors’ notes

For more information about MJPS, please contact the school on 02089448731 or visit www.mjps.org.uk

For more information about free schools and News Schools Network, please contact Amy Hanson on 020 7952 8557 or email amyhanson@newschoolsnetwork.org.

Free Schools are state funded schools that are independent of local authority control. They have the freedom to decide the length of school day and term, their curriculum, teacher pay and how they spend their budgets.

New Schools Network is an independent charity that provides support to groups wanting to set up Free Schools: www.newschoolsnetwork.org

Prime Minister attends New Schools Receptiono

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