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The Seckford Foundation assured the DfE there were “over 500” people interested in the Beccles free school in Suffolk. The Foundation, which runs a number of private schools, plans to open the free school this year, in spite of massive opposition from the local community, including the local Tory MP.
Their proposed site – Beccles Middle School – was to have 324 places:
The site they were forced to use, following a successful campaign by the local community– Carlton Colville Primary School – has 162 places:
The official figures from the Suffolk Admissions team for the new school are as follows:
There will be a total of 37 pupils in the school in September . The Guardian has done a fuller version of this story here. Apparently the DFE will fully fund the school based on its planned pupil numbers although apparently excess funds will be recouped later . It is also paying for the conversion of the existing primary school. The community spoke, no-one listened and now a lot of public money is being wasted.