Plans to open the county’s first all-through primary and secondary school have been delayed.

Applications to the school, proposed to be built on the site of the former Rugeley Power Station, will now be put on hold.

Discussions are ongoing between all relevant organisations including Engie the landowner, the Department for Education, as well as the county council and other stakeholders to support delivery of a school for the local community.

Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education Jonathan Price said: “We know this will be disappointing news for both parents and pupils who are looking forward to the new school opening. However, we are hopeful that the ongoing discussions will be finalised to enable the new school to open.

“In the meantime, we would like to reassure parents that we will be working hard to offer all children places at other schools in 2023.”

Notes for editors

The new school is being part-funded by the Department for Education, as part of the government’s Free Schools programme.  The Department for Education has given approval for the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust to operate the school.

The John Taylor Multi Academy Trust already runs a number of primary and secondary schools in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire, including the £30 million John Taylor Free School in Tatenhill, opened in September 2018.