Religious sect’s proposal for Breckland free school not approved by Government

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A Christian sect hoping to open a free school in Breckland has not received approval from the Government.

The Focus Learning Trust, managed by traditionalist sect the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, applied to open a primary school near Thetford in the eighth wave of free school applications submitted to the Department for Education.

However, the East Anglian Primary Academy was not one of the six successful applications in the East of England.

Three Norfolk school were among the 49 approved applications - the Wherry School, a special all-through school for 4-18-year-olds with autism, Charles Darwin Primary School, and 11-18 school Trafalgar College.

Responding to the approvals Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network, saidd: “In just five years more than 400 free schools have been approved, which is an incredible achievement for the programme.

“Free schools can only be set up where local parents want them, so it is a testament to the popularity of these new schools that so many have been opened.”