Plans for a new sixthform college in Rutland have taken a major step forward this week.
Catmose College and Uppingham Community College’s bid for Harington School has been accepted by the New Schools Network, a development programme which supports applications.
The network, which acts an advisory body, has an 80 per cent success rate in supporting schools to reach approval by the Department of Education.
The two schools will now be working with the network in order to finalise the Harington School application which will be submitted to the Department of Education in May.
Catmose College principal Stuart Williams said: “I am thrilled as, with this news, Harington School is becoming a likelihood, rather than a possibility.
“The backing is a significant step towards having a successful academic sixthform provision for students in Rutland who currently cannot afford the travel expenses or school fees that are necessary for them to access the provision they need.”
The two schools revealed the free school plans in October. The parents of nearly 900 children have said that if approved, Harington School would be the first choice for their child.
However, Rutland County College, Vicky Crosher, said she did not believe another post-16 facility in the county was needed.
For further details, visit www.haringtonschool.com.