Free school plans rejected

Plans for a new free school in the Eastville area of Bristol have been rejected by the Department for Education.

Free School plans rejected

Plans to open a new free school in Bristol appear to be at an end tonight after the Department for Education performed a surprise U-turn by dropping its backing for the project.

The Bristol Primary School had already recruited a headteacher and signed up more than a hundred pupils. But the trust behind it has been told it's failed to meet rigorous Government criteria. Our Education Correspondent Richard Payne reports.

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Trust give their reaction to DfE's decision

Bristol Primary School had wanted to open a free school at a former business park in Eastville. Credit: ITV News West Country

Plans for a new free school in Bristol have been rejected by the Department for Education.

Bristol Primary School (BPS) had wanted to open at a former business park in Eastville, but its proposals failed to meet the DfE's 'strict criteria'.

Steve Spokes from BPS said: “Obviously this is extremely disappointing news, not just for the Trust but for the 114 families who had signed their children up for the proposed September intake.

"We have been working on plans to bring a Free Primary School to the inner city of Bristol for well over a year now and our consultation had been extremely thorough so we are also surprised at this decision.

“However, I can’t comment any further until we have sat down with the Department for Education and talked through the reasons for this decision in more detail.”

Bristol free school plans rejected

Plans for a new free school in Bristol have been rejected by the Department for Education.

Bristol Primary School had wanted to open in September, but its proposals failed to meet the DfE's 'strict criteria'.

More than a hundred children were signed up to start at the Eastville site. Five hundred more had expressed an interest.