Our Schools

Developing Free Schools - working closely with local communities

The Russell Education Trust [RET] are working in close partnership with parents, communities, and diocesan authorities to set up and run new Free Schools. These schools will be inclusive comprehensives with the highest possible academic standards, serving their locality and working as part of their local family of schools. Both RET, and the founding groups with whom we work, are firmly resolved that our Free Schools will all be judged to be good or outstanding by OfSTED and their communities within two years of opening. For more information about our schools please follow the links to their websites:

Bristol Free School was opened in 2011 with Richard Clutterbuck as the founding Headteacher.  It was established by RET in partnership with Parents’ Voice, a local group that had been campaigning for a new community secondary school in North West Bristol for a number of years. They wanted a high quality, secular state secondary school that would help to keep local primary school friendship groups together.  Bristol Free School received its first Ofsted inspection in February 2013 and was judged to be good with outstanding leadership and management, and outstanding behaviour.  The school is heavily oversubscribed.

Becket Keys was established by RET in 2012 in partnership with local primary head teachers and the Diocese of Chelmsford.  Recognising the strong demand for a Church of England secondary school among local parents, Andy Scott-Evans became the founding Headteacher of Becket Keys, and the school is heavily oversubscribed.  Becket Keys received its first Ofsted inspection in May 2014 and was judged to be outstanding overall and in all four inspection catagories.

King’s is an ecumenical Christian school, established by RET in 2013 in partnership with local parents.  It is temporarily located in Portslade, but also serves the BN3 area of Hove, which faces an imminent shortfall in secondary school places.  The school's Headteacher is Sarah Price who is aiming to make King’s a beacon of success in the area.

St. Andrew's was established by RET in 2013 in partnership with the Classical Education Trust and the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.  It is the first Greek Orthodox school to be established in the UK.  The school's founding Headteacher is Rob Ahearn.

Turing House was opened in September 2015 and is being established by RET in partnership with local parents.  It will be an inclusive comprehensive school, with a broad and balanced curriculum, specialising in Science, Engineering and Music. The school's founding Headteacher is Colin Mackinlay.

RET are also working with other parent proposer groups on future Free School proposals.

Contact Us

  • To discuss your vision for a new free school in 2015 or beyond please complete our enquiry form.
  • If you are already approved for opening in an earlier round and need project management or education advice, our sponsor, EL is on the DfE national framework.