Thanks to the Conservatives' policy on free schools, since 2010 the Judith Kerr and East Dulwich primary schools have opened, with two more primary schools serving pupils living in Dulwich and West Norwood opening in 2015 (Bellham Primary School) and 2016 (Crystal Palace Primary School) as well as a new Charter School secondary opening at the Dulwich Hospital site in 2016.
The Crystal Palace Primary School is a prime example of how free schools benefit local communities. Located at the border of 5 different boroughs, Crystal Palace has been left without school provision as no borough wanted to build a school which would be attended by large numbers of children from outside the borough. The parents and teachers behind the free school don't have that silo mentality - they just want to offer a great education to local children wherever they live.
Recent research has shown that when free schools open, they boost the performance of schools around them. In Dulwich and West Norwood 5,421 more children are in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.