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New free schools approved for Bromley

by Jim Dunton Wed 22 May 2013, 5:07 pm

Education secretary Michael Gove has backed proposals to open three new free schools in Bromley.

Charity the Harris Federation sought approval to open new mainstream primary schools in Beckenham and Bromley earlier this year, and both applications were endorsed by Gove this week as part of a tranche of 102 new schools permitted to open from 2014.

Harris has yet to publicly disclose locations for either new school, but said it was in discussion with the Education Funding Agency over potential sites.

Meanwhile, plans to open an English-French bilingual primary school in the borough were also approved.

The brainchild of a group of parents and educationalists backed by charity CfBT School Trust, Bromley Bilingual Primary also expects to open in September 2014, but has yet to finalise its premises.

A total of 81 free schools have already opened across the country since the coalition government came to power, and Gove said the new education model was proving “extremely popular” with parents.

“There are many innovators in local communities set on raising standards of education for their children,” he said.

“I am delighted to approve so many of their high-quality plans to open a free school.”

Harris currently operates five primary academies and 14 secondary academies. It is due to open the Harris Aspire Pupil Referral Free School in Bromley in September.

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