Government rejects E-ACT free school plans in Northants

Plans for a free school in Northampton have been rejected by the government.

Education sponsor E-ACT wanted to build the new facility to the east of the town for up to 900 pupils between the ages of three and 19.

The Department for Education rejected the plans due to what it said was a lack of demand and doubts over its long-term financial viability.

The plans were spearheaded by Sir Bruce Liddington, the former headmaster of Northampton School for Boys.

He said: "We are very disappointed really, the situation remains the same, hundreds of parents have not got their first or second choice of school in the east of Northampton.

"We were hoping to provide the style of education that they were looking for."

There are already schools that serve that area, including Northampton School for Boys, Northampton School for Girls, the Northampton Academy and Weston Favell School.

There is likely to be another proposal submitted by E-Act in the future.

"I have a meeting with senior officials in the county council in September to see where we go next," said Sir Bruce.

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