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New free school opening delayed by 12 months

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The opening of a new free school in Tonbridge has been delayed by 12 months.

The Bishop Chavasse Primary will now not open until September 2017. It had been due to open this year.

Although further progress has been made on the purchase of the site for the school since November, we have unfortunately not yet been able to finalise it.

Because of the long period of time this process has taken, and particularly because of where we are now in the primary school admissions cycle, the Department for Education and the Trust have agreed to defer the opening of the new school to September 2017.

– Statement from the school's sponsors

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Parents fight to save 150-year old school

Parents are campaigning to keep the school open Credit: Facebook

Parents are fighting to save a 150-year-old infants' school in Surrey.

At least 30 pupils are required to keep St Andrew's school at Farnham sustainable. At the moment applications are down. However, the application process does not close until 14 January.

A parents’ action group has been formed to try to save the school and to look at alternatives. Parents have started a petition, which more than 1,000 people have signed. Today they'll be tying blue ribbons to the railings as part of the campaign. They say that the school is highly rated by OFSTED and should remain open.

A meeting between parents, staff, governors, the Church of England and Surrey County Council was held on 16 December at which a number of options for the school were spelled out.

The options are to be published in January during a six-week consultation period.

Parents have set up a Facebook page to try to save the school.

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