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Free Schools in Bradford open for first time

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Two free schools will open their doors to pupils in Bradford today.

Dixons Trinity Academy will open with 112 Year 7 students. The school is already over-subscribed and has heard several admission appeals. Over the next 6 years it will build to its full capacity of 720 students from Year 7 to Year 13.

The Head of Dixons Trinity Academy, Luke Sparkes, said: "We have recruited a very high quality staff from within and beyond the Dixons Group. Students have already taken part in a very successful induction programme, including a visit to Leeds University and a 2 week summer school. "

Dixons Music Primary will open up to a recption class this morning. It is the first specialist music primary in the country, offering the full national curriculum alongside free music tuition.

The free schools, sponsored by Dixons City Academy, were set up to help meet an expected shortfall in school places in the district, which has one of the fastest-rising populations in the country.