A new free school for boys could be built in Preston.
A charitable trust is hoping to open Preston Free School, which will have an Islamic ethos.
Proposals are at an early stage, but the trust’s chief executive has high hopes for the school, thought to be one of the first free schools in the area.
Hamid Patel, chief executive of Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust (TIFECT), said they were proposing to open a state-funded school within the city.
He said: “It will be called Preston Free School and it is going to be a school based on a progressive, Muslim ethos.
“It is going to work to reach out to Muslim and non Muslim boys in Preston.
“We will be reaching out to children across Preston to come to us because of the values and the education that we offer.
“We are trying to raise the game with the school - it’s going to have a maths specialism and it is going to have links with leading universities and leading employers across the country.”
Mr Patel said the school would have a grammar-school ethos, with a “vigorous academic curriculum”.
If the proposals come to fruition, it will be a secondary school for 11-18-year-old boys.
He said: “We chose the name Preston Free School because it’s a neutral name and we want to send out a message that it is a school for Preston city.”
It is not known where the school would be, and Mr Patel said: “We don’t have a site yet.
“We won’t be open for several years yet, but the proposals are there.
“They would need approval - I would call them our aspirations.”
Mr Patel is head teacher at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ School in Blackburn, where a national newspaper claimed pupils were forced to wear the hijab out of school.
But Mr Patel said wearing the hijab outside school was not in the uniform policy.