‘Phantom’ plan for new school

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ROTHERHAM MP Denis MacShane has criticised the ‘waste’ of taxpayers’ money used by parents to apply for a new free school which has been rejected by the Government.

An application was made to create a Rotherham Central Free School, which would have been out of local authority control.

But in a letter to Rotherham MP Mr MacShane, Education Secretary Michael Gove said he has ‘withdrawn approval for the project to proceed any further’.

Mr Gove did not reveal his reasons behind the decision.

Mr MacShane said: “It was clear from the outset the proposal for Rotherham Central Free School was an ideological fantasy promoted by Conservative party activists without any support from parents or the teaching community in Rotherham.

“Mr Gove refused to reveal the names of any supporters of the scheme. I will be tabling parliamentary questions to find out how much civil service money has been wasted on a phantom project.”