Parents and teachers hoping to set up a new school  to teach children different languages will meet civil servants this week.

The group behind Harrow Bilingual Primary School has been shortlisted for interview with the Department for Education for the latest stage of its free school application.

If successful the school could open in September 2015 and pupils would be taught equally in English and one additional language, either French or Spanish.

The Harrow Times first reported on the planned school in April this year and since then has partnered with the London Diocesan Board for Schools and will be a Church of England school.

It will be run with a Christian ethos but be open to all faith backgrounds and will be run by Daniel Norris, headteacher of Holy Trinity School in Northwood.

He said: "Each year we are disappointed not to be able to offer places to many families because we are such a small school.

“Harrow Bilingual Primary School will give us the opportunity to extend the high standards and warm ethos we believe we offer to many more families each year.

“I am a keen linguist and I have taught in France so the opportunity to lead the development of a primary school which teaches French to a very high standard was too good to pass up."

Chairman of the Harrow Bilingual Primary School team said: "Until now the only way for children to benefit from a bilingual education was to go private.

“I am a local parent and I think all families should have this opportunity."

Parents can still register their interest in the school and can do so by clicking here.