The creation of a new school by Bondholder Derby Cathedral has moved a step closer after the Government gave it permission to start preparing to open. Plans have now moved into the "pre-opening" phase for the free school which would be the first Church of England secondary school in the area.
Dean of Derby Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies, said:
"I am thrilled that the Department for Education has recognised the need for a new secondary school, committed to raising aspirations and opportunities, serving the families of Derby."
The trust will now start planning for the pre-opening programme, including determining a new site for the school and working closely with the Education Funding Agency.
It is proposed that the new school will specialise in maths and music and will be open to all children, regardless of background or faith. It will start as a small school of 120 pupils in year seven and filling year-on-year by 2023.