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PUBLISHED: 16:51 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 25 August 2010

AN ACADEMY is due to become the first in the country to open its primary school before admitting secondary pupils.

AN ACADEMY is due to become the first in the country to open its primary school before admitting secondary pupils.

The Crayford Academy is due to start taking primary school pupils this September after Bexley councillors gave plans approval last month.

The Haberdashers' Aske's Federation will run the school which will replace the now closed Barnes Cray Primary School and provide a whole new secondary school.

Simon Windle, Bexley councillor for schools, said: "We've now jumped the last hurdle.

"Once the primary school is running it will be full steam ahead as the first secondary pupils will apply later this year to start in 2010."

The academy, partly funded by the Temple Grove Trust, is expected to be completed by 2011, and the former Barnes Cray site will be turned into playing fields.

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