Monday, 18 March 2013

New free school in Bedford plans to teach 'Islamic' studies

PLANS for an Islamic free school in Bedford are underway after a group of parents and teachers submitted an application to the government.

The primary facility, which would be called Bedford Excellence School teaching 4-11 year-olds, will have an ‘Islamic ethos’ and teach Arabic as a foreign language. The proposal was handed over to the Department for Education (DfE) in January with the hope of opening in September next year.

However, although the group says the DfE praised its plans for being ‘ambitious, clear and distinct’ there were a couple of ‘development areas’ that needed to be worked on before interviews could go ahead and approval given. Therefore it aims to reapply with the aim of opening in September 2015.

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