Plans for Newham free school collapse

By Giles Broadbent on July 19, 2012 1:59 PM |

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Plans for a free school in Newham have collapsed weeks because of lack of demand from parents.

The Newham Free Academy, a mixed secondary school, was preparing to open in September but has been withdrawn from the programme.

A Department for Education spokesman said: "Newham Free Academy unfortunately did not progress sufficiently for it to proceed.

"Setting up a free school is not an easy task; securing a site can be particularly difficult and all groups deserve credit for the hard work that they put in at every stage of the process."

Two new free schools - School 21 and the London Academy of Excellence - will be opening in Newham in September.

Meanwhile, a secondary school specialising in languages is to open in Greenwich in September 2013, the Government has confirmed.

The news is the culmination of years of work for the Greenwich parents behind the Academy Of Greenwich.

Bid leader Nick Zienu said: "We are delighted to have won approval."

The East London Science School is on track to open in the same month. It is the brainchild of Tower Hamlets resident David Perks.

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