ORGANISERS of the new Chichester Free School are celebrating after taking one step closer to their goal.
The group has received confirmation of its funding agreement with the government – a vital step in the opening of the school in September.
An announcement on the school’s website, said it was ‘absolutely delighted’ to receive a letter confirming a funding agreement.
“We now have the pleasure of being able to send out confirmed offers to the 210 pupils who will now definitely be able to join us this September.
“Finally, after this long period of uncertainty, the waiting game is over.”
In the letter to chairman of governors Stephen King confirming the agreement, Lord John Nash, under secretary of state for schools, thanked everyone involved for their ‘great commitment’ and ‘energy’.
“I know the journey has not always gone smoothly and there have been some difficulties along the way,” he wrote.
“Through your determination and a strong desire to provide an outstanding education for young people in the area you are now very well placed to open a successful school in September. Free schools form an integral part of the government’s education policy to improve choice and drive up standards in schools.
“I am therefore delighted Chichester Free School will now bring new opportunities for children in Chichester.”
All parents should have now received a letter confirming a definite place at the school.
Responses should be received by 5pm on Friday (July 19), after which the school will offer places to pupils on the waiting list.