Surrey

Funding for Cobham free secondary school approved

Cobham Free School's old police station site Image copyright Cobham Free School
Image caption The Cobham Free School has been running as a primary for almost two years

Funding for a secondary free school in Cobham, Surrey, has been approved by the government.

Cobham Free School has been running as a primary for almost two years and gained government approval for "all-through" status last year.

In June, Cala Homes pulled out of plans to build new premises, citing problems agreeing terms with the landowner.

The school said at the time that its plans to provide secondary education would still go ahead in September.

The three-form secondary school, with 72 pupils, will go ahead at the Old Police station building on the same site as the primary.

Under the original plans, Years 3 to 13 were to go to the proposed new site at Chippings Farm from 2015 onwards.

The school has now agreed to acquire six acres of land adjacent to Anvil Lane in central Cobham for the secondary school, which is due to move in the next two years.

Staff said the funding approval was the "final milestone" before classes begin.

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