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Free school for Gerrards Cross could get go ahead
A NEW school could soon be built in the Gerrards Cross area, according to the Department for Education.
Following a Freedom of Information request, the government has revealed a list of free schools and academies which could open across the UK in 2013 and beyond.
One of the schools included on the list is the Free School Gerrards Cross, which has been mooted for more than a year.
The proposed school is designed with a Catholic ethos and there has been some discussion of it opening on the site of the former Holy Cross Convent School, in Chalfont St Peter, although other locations around the village are also being considered.
Campaigners for the new school say that they are optimistic it will go ahead, and that the new site would be a way of easing the pressure on existing schools in the area.
An initial bid for the project was made last year but did not receive government support due to queries over the planned curriculum.
Committee secretary of the Free School Gerrards Cross said: "We've made the application but we haven't been approved at the moment.
"We were turned down last year, but we are still on the list because of the previous application.
"We are going to reapply, and we are still confident and optimistic that it will get the go ahead, but currently we have not been approved."
The school was originally planned as an extra educational option for parents in the area, with large developments at the Holy Cross and Newlands Park sites expected to put pressure on existing schools.
The free school has received the support of hundreds of parents in the area.
Mr Staunton added: "It has been very well received and well supported, so we still think it will get the go ahead, and it will be a good way of giving parents in the area a great deal more choice."
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