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Four-year-olds file into class at city’s first free school
11:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
THE 34 four-year-olds at Oxford’s first free school are due to start classes today.
Tyndale Community School, off Barracks Lane in Cowley, is the city’s first free school – and Oxfordshire’s third.
Free schools are Government-funded but outside local authority control. Tyndale Community School was opened by Chapel Street Community Schools Trust and Oxford Community Church. It is open to all faiths but will have a Christian ethos.
The school is launching its reception class of 34 pupils this year and is set to grow year on year for the next seven years until this year’s reception pupils reach year six.
The school was set up in the building of the former Lord Nuffield Club, a sports and social club which has been empty for four years.
Oxford City Council rejected planning permission for it in March saying the buildings off Barracks Lane were too small and there would be too much traffic. But the Government has relaxed rules to allow development of free schools in almost any building for one year without permission.
A Government inspector will rule on the school’s planning appeal.