At-risk Barrow School approved for free-school status

Parents who fought to save a Shropshire school from closing are celebrating the decision to turn it into a free school.

Barrow school, in Broseley, was one of nine schools identified by Shropshire council in February for closure, partly due to its falling pupil numbers.

Parents started a campaign to save it by applying for free school status to take it out of local authority control.

School governor Richard Jackson said it was one of four schools in the region to get the approval.

Parents and supporters must now work with the Department for Education to draw up a funding agreement for the school, which currently has 28 pupils, Mr Jackson said.

'School need'

"We're delighted to receive confirmation that they have given us approval to proceed with our plans," Mr Jackson said.

"It means we now start to do even more work, we have 11 months to get the school open in September 2012.

"There are key milestones we have to hit before then, one of which is to release the funding for it.

"There has been a school there for 400 years just about. We feel there is a need and a desire to maintain a school on the site."

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