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New school for 2,200 to be built in Northampton

One of the largest free schools in the country is to be built in Northampton as part of the Government's latest expansion of its flagship education policy.

The Northampton Internation Academy will take 2,200 pupils. New free schools will also be built in Peterborough and Hertfordshire

David Cameron says if the Tories win May's election they'll roll out another 500 free schools across the country.

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Parents fight plans to close small rural schools

Mileham Primary School Credit: Mileham Primary School

There are fears that schools with just a few dozen pupils could soon be a thing of the past in rural Norfolk.

Councillors claim small schools don't perform as well as bigger ones and cost more to run.

In 2014 just under 68% of 10 and 11 year olds achieved the expected level 4 in reading, writing and maths at schools with fewer than 50 pupils.

That was more than six percentage points below the average for Norfolk schools - which was 74%.

Mileham Primary School in Mid Norfolk, which has just 28 pupils, is one that's ear-marked for closure. However parents and governors there say it would be a crime if it was shutdown.


Headteacher's concern after "very unwell" students taken to hospital

Six students were taken to hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The headteacher of a school in Luton where six students became "very unwell" has said they are "not certain" of the cause of their symptoms.

Six students at Lealands High School were taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital this morning.

John Burridge, Headteacher, Lealands High School, said: “Before arriving at school six students from different year groups appear to have become very unwell.

"We first became aware of this when one of these students attended the medical room on arrival at school. We immediately contacted the ambulance service and then it emerged that other students were suffering similar symptoms.

"The pupils were taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for further assessment and care.

“At this stage we are not certain of the cause of their symptoms. We have advised all pupils about the incident and have offered support if they have any concerns, however we are not aware that any other students are affected.

“Our absolute primary concern at this stage is the welfare and wellbeing of the students who are now in the hands of medical professionals.”

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