Parents struggle to find places as free school faces closure

The parents of children who attend the Discovery free school in Crawley, which is threatened with closure, are concerned about their children's futures.

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'It's heartbreaking to watch children go to other schools'

One of the parents fighting to save a free school in Sussex that is threatened with closure says she is struggling to find a suitable alternative school for her daughter Molly.

The Discovery New School in Crawley, which opened in September 2011, is due to be shut down in April over concerns about its standard of education.

The planned closure is a major blow for the Government's free schools initiative. Parents have delivered a petition to Downing Street to save the school.

One mother, Suzanne Cass, says it's heartbreaking to watch children leaving and going to new schools, and that the Discovery New School should be given more time.

She is hoping that the school will be reprieved today, and made an impassioned plea to save the school ahead of a high level meeting that is being held with Government education officials later today.

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