A group of local parents, residents and teachers have announced that they have submitted a formal application to the Department for Education to open a new secondary free school in north Hampshire.
The next stage is for the group to be invited to attend an interview with the Department for Education. If they are successful, the free school is likely to open in 2021.
Ranil Jayawardena MP said: “You know I care passionately about education and will never stop fighting for improvements, whether that is a new free school for the future, or the additional £3.5 million per year I helped win for North East Hampshire schools—a fairer share of government funding for our primary and secondary schools.”
He continued: “Free schools help enliven educational ecosystems and punch above their weight in Ofsted and progress ratings, so I will continue to call for one to come to our area to help drive up standards further, provide real parental choice and deliver new places in our growing area.
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