Technical academy in Bedford will create over 600 places as new free schools are revealed

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A technical academy is to be opened in Bedford in 2016 as a host of free schools were announced today, Tuesday, September 30.

Bedford Technical Academy will create 624 places for students aged between 13 and 18

The Department For Education said the academy is being opened “in response to overwhelming demand from parents and young people, Bedford College is to open a new school in 2016 that will offer high quality academic and technical subjects such as specialist training in science, service and creative technologies in addition to high quality GCSEs.

“Post-16, young people will be able to work towards the new Technical Baccalaureate – a rigorous, challenging qualification that will ensure they have the technical ability that employers want.”

Local businesses, including Whitbread, Bourns Ltd and Colworth Science Park, have pledged their support to the school and will provide materials and equipment, as well as providing young people with an insight into exciting potential career paths.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has today approved 35 new free school applications, creating more than 22,000 additional school places for children across England.

Mrs Morgan 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.

“I am pleased to see how free schools are collaborating and supporting other nearby schools– and now 35 more of them will help even more young people fulfil their potential.”

Free schools are brand new state-funded schools. They are independent of local council control and have the freedom to innovate and respond directly to the needs of parents and the local community.