WILL A FREE ACADEMY BE THE “DEATH KNELL” FOR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS?

The site of the proposed Three Valleys Academy: The former School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The site of the proposed Three Valleys Academy: The former School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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The gloves are off in the fight to prevent a so-called free school, the Three Valleys Academy, from being built in the Dearne.

Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster Councils and an MP have joined forces to offically condemn plans for the 850–place school at Manvers, which they say would fatally undermine Swinton and Rawmarsh Community schools.

The project leaders say their intention is to build “the best school in South Yorkshire - one where local pupils will be able to experience the very best traditions of private education in a publicly-funded school”.

But a report to Rotherham Cabinet spelled out that the schools could face ‘dire consequences’ - and lose its Sixth Form - if the academy goes ahead. Wentworth MP John Healey also opposes the plans.

The Government has approved the Academy plans to progress to the ‘business case and plan stage’ in January.

 

* FULL STORY IN THIS WEEK’S SOUTH YORKSHIRE TIMES.