Education Secretary Michael Gove today approved 102 new free school applications to open in 2014 and beyond. just 8 are special schools.
2 of these are National Autistic Society free schools adding to NAS's first free school due to open in Reading in September this year: one in east Cheshire for 60 pupils and the other in Lambeth for 78 pupils.
Eden School - Blackburn with Darwen 8-16
INSPIRE special Free School - Medway - secondary (Appears to be promoted by or with Medway Council)
Pentland Special School - Hillingdon - All through
Riverview Special School - Barking and Dagenham - All through (Autism; PMLD; SLD)
The Bridge Integrated Learning Space - Islington - 7-19
The Rise School - Ealing or Hammersmith & Fulham - All through (Autism)
Congratulations to Chapeltown Academy Sixth Form Free School, which is the first Free School to be approved in Sheffield and, along with XP. School, Doncaster, also announced today, in South Yorkshire.