Plans revealed for new primary school in Highbridge
PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 October 2017
Plans for a new school with space for more than 400 pupils have been revealed.
The Wessex Learning Trust wants to build the Wessex Church of England Primary Academy to serve new housing developments in Highbridge, which could see more than 600 homes built at Brue Farm and east of Isleport Lane.
The developments form part of Sedgemoor District Council’s Local Plan for development up to 2032.
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The Trust has been working with the Diocese of Bath and Wells on an application to the Department for Education, which it hopes will be approved in early 2018.
If successful, the school would initially open with a nursery and up to two reception classes of 30 children, and could increase its capacity to 420 pupils.
Chris Richardson, executive headteacher of the Trust, says the school will provide a ‘rich’ curriculum to serve the ‘growing community’ in Highbridge.
He said: “Wessex Primary Academy will offer pupils of all faiths and none the very best educational experience with a rich and dynamic curriculum, and wide range of enrichment activities including modern foreign languages, science and sport, all provided within a supportive and inclusive Christian ethos.
“The school will meet the growing demand for places locally and will have a strong community focus – a new school in the heart of its community.”
The Trust says the school will provide after-school and breakfast clubs for pupils, and will hold a Christian ethos.
The Trust currently runs eight academies in the area including The Kings Of Wessex Academy in Cheddar and Wedmore First School Academy.
The proposed new school is the latest in a string of developments taking place in Highbridge, particularly in the Isleport Business Park area.
An Aldi supermarket is being built between Isleport Road and Bennett Road, while a 75-bedroom Travelodge hotel could be created to the east of Bennett Road.
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There is also speculation a McDonald’s drive-through restaurant has been earmarked for the area.