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Bradford free school receives funding

05/02/2013 Kelly
New secondary teacher and teaching assistant jobs could be created in Bradford after a planned free school in the city secured government financial support.

Charity One in a Million had initially been scheduled to open the secondary school on a site owned by Bradford City Football Club - with whom the charity works in partnership - last September.

Yet the Department for Education (DfE) halted the funding agreement in August 2012, when the school had filled 30 of its initial 50 places, resulting in the opening being put on hold and its prospective pupils moving to local authority schools instead.

Now, however, the DfE has confirmed that it has signed a funding agreement with One in a Million that will see the school finally open in September 2013 with a full complement of 50 pupils.

There were apparently 180 applications in total for places at the school and it is anticipated that it will eventually have at least 350 pupils by the time it has been open for seven years.

One in a Million chief executive Matthew Band expressed his delight at the DfE's decision and confirmed that the school would include sport and enterprise among its specialisms, enhanced by the charity's relationship with Bradford City.

He remarked: "We want to give children the opportunity to succeed.

"We will be a small school with small class sizes, with students taught by great teachers, underpinned by good discipline."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the DfE praised the "commitment and energy" of the school's proposers and staff, stating that they had made great progress since their plans for the school were first approved in 2011.

He added that the huge demand for places demonstrated the confidence that the local community had in the charity and in its planned school.

It is anticipated that almost 200 free schools with have opened in England by September, with the government having recently reformed planning rules for these institutions in order to make it easier for them to be set up.

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