Free school bid rejected

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new free school have been rejected by the Government.

The Three Valleys Independent Academy Trust hoped to open a school at the former College of Nursing and Midwifery building in Manvers.

There would have been places for 850 pupils, aged 11 to 18. But the proposal was turned down by the Department of Education.

Trust chairman David Mann said: “We felt that we presented an excellent case, professionally prepared and we considered that it met the requirements of the Department of Education guidelines.

“However, this was not the case and the proposed plan to open the school in September 2012 was rejected.”

The trust had hoped to take advantage of the Government’s free school policy, which allows schools to be funded with public cash, but run independently of local authorities.

However, the trust confirmed it will not be re-submitting plans to open in 2013.