FREE SCHOOL PLANS ON HOLD
PLANS to give Glossop a ‘free school’ have gone on the back burner because the group behind the scheme can’t find anywhere to put it.
We can reveal how the steering committee even looked at taking over the Glossopdale Community College complex in Hadfield - with everything transferred to the college’s lower site in Glossop.
Partington Wood Free School steering group chairman Keith Parry said: “Their students could easily be accommodated at the site in Talbot Road, there is enough room. It would have saved staff having to continually travel between the two sites.”
But Mr Parry claimed the suggestion was ‘rejected’ by Derbyshire County Council.
He said a ‘free’ secondary school was needed as at least 500 pupils, aged between 11 to 16, travel to schools outside Glossop.
Mr Parry said: “We know we have a strong case for a free school, we have the backing of the community.
“We had more than 450 responses to our questionnaire and 99 per cent were in favour of what we are trying to do.
“We have everything lined up to make a (funding) bid, it could be made in days.
“But we need somewhere to move into, there is no funding for a new build.”
The steering committee, made up of education and business professionals, have spent ten months building a case.
But yesterday (Wednesday), Mr Parry said their plans had been ‘suspended’.
Full story in this weeks Glossop Chronicle (February 2 edition).