Canary Wharf College Three approved by Government

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Canary Wharf College has been given the go-ahead to open the third arm of its school.

The Isle of Dogs establishment was one of 38 free schools approved by the Government's Secretary of State for Education this week, with 17 of these falling in the capital.

This means an extra 11,000 places will be generated throughout London, with the new facilities set up by parents, teachers and charities in response to local demand.

Earlier this year Sarah Counter, principal at Canary Wharf College, told The Wharf the school was offering Tower Hamlets Council a "helping hand" in addressing the rocketing need for school places in the borough.

It will open the doors to Canary Wharf College Two this September, initially providing 40 reception places.

It's third branch, now given the green light, will offer a through-school for those aged four to 19 in 2015.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "Free schools are giving thousands of children from ordinary backgrounds the kind of education previously reserved for the rich and the lucky.

"As part of our long term economic plan we are determined to deliver the best schools and skills for our young people, and free schools are achieving exactly that."

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