A BID to set up a free school on the Essex/Suffolk border has been rejected by the Department for Education.

Parents teamed up with education charity The Seckford Foundation to use classrooms at the soon-to-close Stoke by Nayland Middle School for a 540-pupil secondary school.

But following interviews with officials from the education department in May, it has been revealed the proposed school is not amongst the 100 nationwide given approval to open in September 2013.

Graham Watson, director of The Seckford Foundation, said: “We were approached by the parent group in Stoke by Nayland as they wanted to have the opportunity for choice in the future education of their children.

“We joined the project to take the bid forward and naturally we are very disappointed with this decision."