Parents are celebrating after the Department for Education formally backed plans for a mixed, non-denominational free school in East Finchley.

The Archer Academy’s chair of governors Avis Johns has signed the funding agreement with the department, meaning plans to open the school in September will go ahead.

A group of parents have been campaigning to set up a free school for two years after discovering a lack of mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary schools in Finchley and Golders Green.

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