Free school's event success
NEARLY 1,000 people attended an open day for North Devon's first free school on Saturday.
The event was designed to give prospective parents and pupils information about Route 39 Academy and has been hailed a success by the organisers.
The event was held at the Milky Way, a family attraction off the A39 near Bideford. The free school will be based at the Milky Way temporarily when it is due to open in September.
It was announced in February that the school's permanent site will be at Steart Farm in Bucks Cross once the buildings are built.
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Sophie Poklewski Koziell, from the Route 39 Academy Trust Ltd, said the event proved people really believe the new school is going ahead.
Sophie said: "So many people seem to feel really positive about the school opening since we announced the site.
"I think some people were unconvinced until they knew where the school will be but now they feel as those they can out their trust in it.
"Our principal Joss Glossop was booked out all day with appointments with parents as well as doing her presentations so we are really pleased with how the event went."