Free school to open in Corby, Northamptonshire

A new free school will open in Corby in September after 40 parents signed their children up to the project at a public meeting.

Sir Peter Simpson from The Brooke Weston Partnership, which is behind the project, said the support provided the security needed for it to go ahead.

Mr Simpson said he was confident Corby Technical School would open on time at the Firsdale Centre, on Coombe Road.

A head teacher is expected to be appointed to run the school later.

Mr Simpson said: "After the meeting, all but two of the parents signed up to the school and that gives us enough security for the project."

The Brooke Weston Partnership hopes the number of children signed up to join the school will rise to 75 before September.

"We are in a number of discussions with people who are appealing school places," Mr Simpson added.

The school, for pupils aged between 11 and 18, will specialise in technical skills as well as providing academic qualifications.

Work is set to begin to convert the building, a teaching centre owned by the county council, immediately.

The public meeting to discuss the plans was held on Thursday.

Free schools are government funded schools which operate outside local authority control.

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