Berkshire

Reading free school The Wren set for September opening

The Elvian School Image copyright Graham Horn
Image caption The independent Elvian School currently on the site closed in July 2010 after funding issues

Reading's first free secondary school will open in September.

Landowner LTC (Licensed Trade Charity) has agreed to allow The Wren School to move temporary accommodation on to the former Elvian School site.

West Reading Education Network (Wren), the team behind the free school in Bath Road, said it would open to six forms of year seven students in September.

The site is also being pursued by a housing developer for a "mixed use development".

Taylor Wimpey said it planned to submit a planning application to Reading Borough Council for 120 homes which would allow room for the school on the site.

The developer mounted a legal challenge after it was twice refused permission to build 173 homes on the five hectare site earmarked for the school.

The Wren School, approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove, was due to open in September 2014. It was delayed until 2015 following a public inquiry.

The school will eventually have 1,176 pupils ranging from year seven to sixth form.

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