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People in Braunton give their views on the possibility of a Free Primary School being set up in the village

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

  • HAPPY: Charlotte Merrilees.

  • GOOD IDEA: Charlotte Brown.

  • CONCERNS: Patrick Durkan.

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Charlotte Brown, 16, of Braunton, said: "I think it is a great idea because all the schools around here are based on the same rules because they are run by the county council."

She also felt a Free School would be great because staff and parents could have their input and do it their own way.

She said: "Maybe children might enjoy school a lot more because it is different."

Charlotte Merrilees, 36, of Braunton, said: "As long as the people running it have the children's interests first and foremost, I would be happy to send my children to a Free School."

She liked the idea of a traditional primary school and added: "When they are young children it is nice to have that village feel."

Patrick Durkan, 52, of Braunton, said he didn't know much about the concept of a Free School but pointed out that his elder son had needed a lot of specialist help to get through his years at primary school.

He said: "He struggled at school for probably four years and both he and the school needed a lot of specialist help because he is autistic so I am not sure how a Free School would cope with a child like that with special needs."

He wondered whether a Free School would have to buy in the help of specialists such as an educational psychologist.

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