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Bradford free school loses funding a week before planned opening

28/08/2012 Joanna
Professionals accepting teaching jobs at a new free school in Bradford have been dealt a blow after the institution lost its funding just a week before it was due to open.

The One in a Million school, which was built on the grounds of Bradford City FC and operated by a local charity, failed to attract enough pupils to secure government funding.

Its collapse follows last month's withdrawal of the Newham Free Academy in east London from the free schools programme, due to a similar lack of interest among parents.

The school had reportedly been given a target of attracting 50 pupils for its first year, but could only attract 30 ahead of the deadline.

As a result, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked the school to defer its opening until next year, with parents of enrolled children said to be "devastated" by the decision.

In a statement on the school's website, One in a Million co-founder Wayne Jacobs said: "We are completely baffled and stunned at this decision by the DfE and absolutely devastated for the parents, children and staff of the One in a Million Free School."

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