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New Free Schools to provide over 120 reception places in Bromley and Beckenham

PUBLISHED: 09:48 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:22 23 May 2013

New Free Schools will open in Bromley and Beckenham next year providing more than 120 reception places in the borough.

The Department for Education gave the green light for the two new schools run by the Harris Federation and one independant yesterday, hoping to ease the current shortage of high-quality school places.

Both Harris Federation schools will create 60 reception places each year from September 2014, serving Beckenham and the Shortlands area of central Bromley.

The other school given the go-ahead is Bromley Bilingual Primary, which will aim to teach children from four-years-old to 11 in both English and French.

More than 220 families have registered their interest in the school, says the leader of the school’s parent group Nathan Hardman.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have won approval,” he said. “There’s a lot of hard work in front of us, but we are convinced the school will fill an important gap in primary school languages teaching, parent choice and the ongoing shortage of primary school places in south-east London.”

The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit charity that currently sponsors Harris Academy, in Bromley, and Harris Academy, in Beckenham, as well as working closely with Royston Primary School, in Penge.

Parents and community members are invited to attend public meetings to discuss the schools on June 18 at Harris Academy, in Manor Way, Beckenham.

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