The Green School for Boys, in Isleworth and Brentford, will be a sister (or should that be brother) school to the existing Church of England girls school The Green School, in Busch Corner, Isleworth.
The New School for Harrow, due to open in September next year, is led by local parents and supported by Broadfields Primary School.
They are among 49 new free schools confirmed by David Cameron on Monday (March 9), which the Department for Education (DfE) says will create a total of 36,000 extra school places.
"These new schools are an important part of our plan to improve education by raising standards and restoring discipline so our children can compete with the world's best and enjoy a better future," said Mr Cameron.
Free schools are new schools which can be opened by anyone, including parents and teachers, and are free from local authority control.
Shortage of places
A previous application for The Green School for Boys was rejected in June last year, despite the plans being largely praised. It is believed the school is still on course to open in September next year, though this has yet to be confirmed.
In announcing the latest raft of free schools, the Government was keen to address one of the main criticisms of the system, which is that it is subject to the whims of those opening the schools, which are not always in the areas where there is greatest demand.
According to the DfE, 90% of the latest free schools to be approved are in areas with a shortage of places.
That is certainly true of The Green School for Boys. Nearly 30 extra forms of entry are forecast to be needed across the borough of Hounslow by 2019 - equivalent to four large secondary schools - and demand is expected to be particularly high in the Brentford and Isleworth area.
According to the announcement, The Green School for Boys will aim to improve students' job prospects, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, as well as "fostering values of citizenship and community".
The Green School Trust's original proposals were for a boys school within a mile of the existing girls one which would have 1,260 pupils by 2023. It is not known if any of these details have changed, and no site for the new school has been announced.
The New School for Harrow, meanwhile, will provide individual education plans with a "focus on innovative, project-based learning".
The other main criticism of free schools and academies is that having freedom from local authority control means they are more open to abuse or failure.
The DfE says two-thirds of free schools already open are rated good or outstanding. The proportion of schools as a whole awarded one of the top two grades was 81% as of August last year.
There are now more than 400 free schools approved or already open. The Government also announced plans to fund nursery provision at free schools in future, beginning with the next round of applications.
The other schools in west London to be approved were:
TBAP 16-19 Academic AP Academy in Hammersmith
This school will be the latest addition to the successful Tri-Borough Alternative Provision (TBAP) chain of schools and will be located alongside the Bridge AP Academy in Hammersmith. The free school will offer the International Baccalaureate to 16- to 19-year-olds who may not succeed in mainstream sixth forms, but have the potential to go to university. Students will be supported by a rigorous mentoring program that will help them meet very high academic standards.
Logic Studio School in Hounslow
Logic Studio School in Hounslow will be sponsored by Feltham Community College, a secondary school and sixth-form academy converter. The studio school has support from a number of employers including DHL and Gaia Technologies, who are committed to help shape the school’s curriculum and offering work placements to students. The studio school will specialise in computing technologies and international logistics, with a capacity for 300 students.
The Hip School in Hounslow
Secondary schools in Hounslow, all of which are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, are collaborating to offer 1,150 new secondary places to meet growing local need. The school will place an emphasis on fostering students’ leadership skills and plans to closely collaborate with local businesses to provide an excellent education for children.
Floreat Alperton Primary School in Brent
Floreat Alperton Primary School will open in September 2016, creating 420 new primary places and a nursery as part of its offer. The school plans to develop pupils’ cultural knowledge, curiosity and character strengths to ensure that every child flourishes. In the early years children will focus on the core skills of literacy and maths. As they progress increasing time will be allocated to subject-based lessons where children will be set ambitious targets.
Floreat Southall Primary School
Up to 420 children in Southall will benefit from a new primary school, set to open in September 2016. The school, which will also include a nursery, will place character education at the heart of its curriculum, while focusing on traditional academic excellence. In the early years children will focus on the core skills of literacy and maths. As they progress increasing time will be allocated to subject-based lessons where children will be set ambitious targets.