New free school plans to open with 60 youngsters

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South Yorkshire’s latest free school aims to open its doors in September 2015 with two classes containing 60 reception age pupils.

Elements Primary School in Barnsley town centre eventually hopes to have 420 children on its books - mainly white working class youngsters.

Approval for the project was granted by the Department of Education last week.

The school will be run by the Wellspring Academy Trust which promises an ‘exciting and dynamic 21st century curriculum’.

Trust chief executive officer Josie Thirkell said: “After months of hard work to get the go ahead is incredible news.

“Our success was absolutely dependent on the support of parents in the community. We had to show that this school is needed and wanted.”