Consultation over Barrow free school plans

A six-week consultation has started over a proposed free school in Shropshire on the site of a primary school facing closure.

Parents are trying to save Barrow Church of England Primary School in Broseley by applying for free school status.

The proposed Barrow 1618 Free School will be outside local authority control.

Education Secretary Michael Gove will make the final decision.

The consultation will run until 30 March.

A maximum of 70 pupils has been proposed for the school, which could open in September for children in reception through to year six.

Act as mentors

Parents and others behind the plans said they believed children "flourish in small class sizes".

Older children would get to act as mentors for younger children and there would be more "whole-school integration rather than children sticking to their year groupings", they added.

So-called "wrap-around care", including breakfast and after-school clubs, has been planned from 0800 to 1800 GMT and would not just be available to families with children at the school.

Meetings will be held at Willey Village Hall on 13 March between 1300 and 1600 GMT and from 1800 to 2100 GMT.

A questionnaire can be found in libraries, places of worship and with community groups.

It is also on the website of the group supporting the plans.

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