The Department for Education is defending its decision to put the opening of the One in a Million School in Bradford on hold. Officials pulled the plug on its investment because not all the places at the school had been filled.
Setting up a Free School is a difficult task and we thank One in a Million for all their hard work. Before any new schools open their doors, we have to be sure that all the conditions we set have been met. Making certain that new schools raise standards is one of the reasons why our Free Schools have been so popular with families across England. We still hope that One in a Million will open in 2013. We understand that the parents and children hoping to attend One in a Million will be disappointed.
Pupils who were due to start at a free school in Bradford next week should have their uniform costs refunded, says a local councillor.
The Government has pulled the funding for one of its flagship Free Schools in Bradford, just days before it was due to open.