Free school is free to open, declares Gove

4th March 2011 at 00:00

Education Secretary Michael Gove has given the thumbs up for the first free school to open its gates in September. The West London Free School in Ealing - started by a consortium of parents led by journalist and author Toby Young - had its funding agreement signed off by Mr Gove earlier this week. According to Mr Young, the school has had 445 applications for just 120 places and is now going through its admissions process, which will be allocated via proximity and a lottery. Mr Young said: "We expect to be fully subscribed on the first day of term."

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