Teachers and parents have moved a step closer to opening a free school.
They are hoping to open a temporary site at the United Reformed Church in Great Harwood by September 2015.
Hattie Mckenzie, lead proposer of the Red Rose Free School, said: “Having looked at a number of possible sites in Hyndburn we have decided to focus our efforts on securing the disused United Reformed Church.
“We are currently in discussion with the owners of the site, GS-Social Care, who have begun renovating the building for business and community use.”
If terms are agreed, the site will be used for one year before moving to a more permanent facility.
Hattie said: “Work is already in progress to secure a permanent site for the Red Rose ‘All-Through’ school.
“The school will serve local pupils right from reception to sixth form from Hyndburn and the surrounding areas.
“However we are particularly aiming to address the need for greater choice in high-quality secondary and further education in Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors.”
Free schools, which are not controlled by a local authority, have often been the target of negative publicity.
The group is urging people to ‘read beneath the headlines’ and recognise the great many more successful free schools that are rarely highlighted.
Hattie said: “Yes, there have been one or two high profile failures, and the Department for Education is right to raise the bar for free school applications.
“But schools like Red Rose, set up by local people with strong roots in their local communities, are achieving more ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted than even established schools, including grammar schools that have been converted.”