by Emma Wilkinson
Leeds city centre could become home to one of the largest free schools in the country, as ministers get behind the plans.
The Ruth Gorse Academy is one of more than 100 free school proposals in England to be given initial approval by the Department of Education.
The plan is to provide education to around 1500 primary and secondary students up to 19 years old.
It is one of two schools in Leeds to be given the initial go-ahead, the other being an academy run by the School Partnership Trust.
Free schools, brought in by the Coalition government, are funded by taxpayers but are run independently of local councils and are most commonly set up by charities, businesses and parents.
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