Free school parents protest

Parents of children due to start at a new free school in Bradford are staging a protest. They are angry that the government has pulled funding for the One In A Million school just days before it was due to open at Valley Parade.

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Parents left in lurch over Bradford Free School funding shock.

There is controversy after the Government pulled the funding from one of its flagship Free Schools, the One In A Million school, which was to open in Bradford in a few days. The school, which was to operate at Bradford City's Valley Parade football ground, has had its grant delayed until next year.

It means the parents of up to 30 pupils who were due to start there this term, will now have to find their children places in other schools in the city. It is thought the decision was made because of the low pupil numbers.

The Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg says the move ''will leave parents angry and confused as they scramble to find a school place.''

"This problem stems from an Education Secretary who prefers promoting pet projects without a clear assessment of local need on the ground."

– Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg MP

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