New free school given go ahead by ministers

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Plans for a new free school in Barnsley town centre have been given the go ahead by ministers and it will open its doors in September.

Elements Primary School will have 420 places and its main priority will be to raise the aspirations of white working class children - identified as the town’s lowest-achieving group.

It will also have an extended day, allowing teachers to spend more time on basic literacy.

The school, the exact location of which is yet to be confirmed, is to be run by the Wellspring Academy Trust.

It will serve a predominantly white working class community where more than half the pupils will be eligible for free school meals.

It is one of 38 free schools to be approved by ministers.