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The latest free school in the region has opened its doors this morning.
Durham Free School is the eighth to appear in the North East since being introduced by the Government in 2011.
Free schools are not controlled by local authorities and give teachers and parents more choice about what is taught there.
As Jonny Blair report, it only has 30 pupils but has plans to grow. Watch his full report below.
The first assembly has taken place at Durham Free School. They only have 31 pupils, all aged 11. It is hoped numbers will grow year on year.
Pupils arrive at Durham Free School for their first day of term.
Durham Free School is set to opens its doors for the first time today.
It follows a two-year campaign by families who were struggling to get their children into Durham Johnston School who then went on to set up their own school.
The Durham Free School (DFS) will open in the former Durham Gilesgate Sports College in Gilesgate.
Nine teachers will care for 31 year seven pupils from Durham, Bowburn, Coxhoe, Spennymoor and elsewhere.
The school will be funded by and responsible to the Department for Education.