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Durham's first free school officially open
COUNTY Durham’s first free school welcomed its first pupils today (Thursday, September 5).
As Durham Free School’s doors opened for the first time, headteacher Peter Cantley said it was a tremendously exciting moment and a little bit of history was being made.
The school opened in the former Durham Gilesgate Sports College, in Gilesgate, Durham, with 31 year seven pupils and nine full- and part-time teachers.
John Denning, who led the process of establishing the school, chairs the governors and whose daughter Naomi is among the first intake, said: “It’s a very moving moment. To see it becoming a reality is amazing.”
The campaign for a new school serving villages south-east of Durham City has been ongoing for several years and leaders hope it will move to a permanent site in the area for September 2015.
The school is directly funded by and responsible to the Department for Education. It will grow by one year group each year.
The school was officially opened by Rev Dr Mark Bonnington, a Durham University lecturer and leader of King’s Church Durham.
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