Seckford Foundation “remains committed” to Free Schools after failure to get approval for the Stoke-by-Nayland proposal, it says in a statement.
Graham Watson, director of the Foundation says in the statement posted on the web today (July 16) :
We were approached by the parent group in Stoke by Nayland as they wanted to have the opportunity for choice in the future education of their children. We joined the project to take the bid forward and naturally we are very disappointed with this decision. However, we remain committed to the Free Schools initiative as we believe they are an excellent example of increased opportunity and choice in education and offer a real alternative to parents.
The Foundation has approval to open Beccles and Saxmundham Free Schools in September. But the Stoke-by-Nayland bid was not included in the list, published on Friday, approved for opening from September next year.