Wait for decision on Beccles Free School goes on

A government decision on a bid to create a free school in Waveney is still yet to be made.

It was thought that a decision on the Seckford Foundation's bid to establish a free school would be made by Easter, but Waveney MP Peter Aldous confirmed he is still waiting to be told, and now does not expect to hear until after Easter.

Mr Aldous wrote against the proposed high school after being invited to make a submission to schools minister Lord Hill.

He wrote: 'Whilst I support the ethos and policies behind free schools, I do have concerns as to whether there is sufficient demand and enough pupils for both the free school and the existing Sir John Leman High School in Beccles.'

A petition was given to Mr Aldous, with the names of more than 2,700 adults and children, including Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee.

The free school would open on the site of Carlton Colville Primary School for two years before moving to the site of Beccles Middle School.

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