Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Just 40 Parents Pick School as First Choice

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Just 40 Parents Pick School as First Choice

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Byline: Marie Turbill Reporter marie.turbill@eveninggazette.co.uk

CONCERNS have been raised about the spending of public cash on a controversial free school after just 40 parents listed it as their first choice.

Ingleby Manor Free School has received 123 applications in total for when it opens its doors to Year 7 students next year.

Ann McCoy, Stockton Council's cabinet member for children and young people, has now questioned money being spent converting an industrial unit into a temporary facility for "so few".

But Frances Lynch, a director of Ingleby Manor Foundation Trust, said they are delighted with the application numbers.

Plans for the free school in Ingleby Barwick were approved by the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, Eric Pickles, in September after planning permission had been rejected by Labour-run Stockton Council.

Free schools can be set up by members of the community but are funded by taxpayers, free to attend and not controlled by a local authority. …

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