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2:59pm 16th July 2012

Bude mums and dads could be able to send their children to a school run by parents.

A new free secondary on the Cornwall Devon border has been given the go ahead by government.

It has been set up by Route 39, a parent-led group, who were worried

Anna Ward from Kilkhampton is hoping it will help local children with life skills: "We want skills that are relevant to this community, so that yes, children can be creative. You know, it's a tricky area to prosper in this area, but we want to give children skills relevant to the are to alllow them to do just that."

Anna adds it is tough at the moment for parents living in rural parts of North Cornwall and Devon, "Some children are taking two or even three bus trips to school. Some people are actually paying for their transport, in order to choose a school, they're spending, is it nine hundred pounds a year, in order to pay for the transport to get to school."

Now parents will start to look for a location to build the school, and hope it will be open by September 2013.

A number of sites off the A39 are being looked at, including Bucks Cross, Woolsery and Hartland.

For more information about the school head to the Route 39 website.

2:59pm 16th July 2012

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