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Heaton private school in free school bid
A second private school in Bradford has announced its intention to become a free school.
Netherleigh and Rossefield School in Parsons Road, Heaton, which caters for pupils aged three to 11, is to submit an application to the Government for free school status effective from September 2013.
The application is said to be actively supported by parents of pupils, with some working with staff on the proposal, which will be handed to the Department for Education by February.
The announcement comes a month after Bradford Girls’ Grammar School revealed it was to apply for free school status following a consultation between governors, Bradford Council and parents of pupils.
Netherleigh and Rossefield was formed a decade ago by the merger of two schools each founded more than a century ago and has more than 100 pupils on its roll. Headteacher Mary Midgley said: “In light of present educational reforms our vision is to be able to offer our educational experience to a wider range of families within the local community and provide parents with a greater choice about the school their child will attend irrespective of their ability to pay.”
The district’s first free schools, Rainbow Primary School and the Kings Science Academy, opened in September.