Proposals for free school in town scrapped

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a free school in Rotherham have been scrapped after ministers ruled the project was not ‘progressing sufficiently’.

Rotherham Central Free School was due to open in September but critics claimed it had no teachers, pupils or buildings in place.

It is the second time a free school project has failed in the town - plans for one in Wath collapsed last year.

Free schools can be set up by parents, teachers or schools using Government funding.

In charge of the project was Charlotte Blencowe, a teacher and former Conservative Party candidate from the town.

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane led opposition, arguing there was no evidence parents supported the venture.

Miss Blencowe said the Department for Education understood changes to her personal circumstances had meant opening a new school within a year had proved too great a challenge.

She added: “I remain passionate about the need to improve educational standards in my home town of Rotherham”