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Criticism for religious group hoping to open Breckland free school

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A traditionalist Christian sect applying to open a free school in Breckland has been blasted by a humanist organisation.

The application for the East Anglian Primary Academy from the Focus Learning Trust, managed by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), is part of the eighth wave of free school applications put to the Department for Education.

However, Richy Thompson, campaigns officer for the British Humanist Association, said there are ‘fundamental incompatabilities between the PBCC and state education.

“There are a number of places where the views of the Exclusive Brethren are incompatible with the requirements that free school proposals must meet,” he said.

Rob Buckley, of the PBCC, said locations around Thetford are being considered for the school, which will take up to 420 pupils, but no site has yet been confirmed.

He said: “This area has a lack of primary school places. There are over 5,000 houses on the cards to be developed so the situation will worsen.”