Academy will open new class to meet demand

PUBLISHED: 09:05 23 January 2017

Headteacher Craig Jones.

Headteacher Craig Jones.

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A school in a new Weston-super-Mare development which opened in September is introducing an additional year group to meet demand from nearby families.

Haywood Village Academy, in Whitney Crescent, welcomed its first intake of reception-aged children in September 2016.

It was not due to take in more children until September, but demand has seen it host a recruitment drive so it can accept year one children at the end of February.

Children in Haywood Village who are above reception-age currently must travel long distances to school. A new school in Locking Parklands, due to open this September, has seen construction delays mean it will likely not open until 2018.

In a bid to ease parents’ frustrations, Haywood Village Academy will start teaching a year one class from February 27.

Year one children who have just moved to the village and do not yet have a school place in North Somerset will be able to attend, as will students wanting to transfer from other schools.

The school has recruited experienced teacher Lucy Botting from Stoke Park Primary School in Bristol to teach the new class.

Academy principal Craig Jones said he is ‘delighted’ to be opening a year one class.

He said: “The recruitment process has proved there are so many great teachers in North Somerset. It continues to be exciting times for our children, staff and wider community.”

He told the Mercury the school has had a dozen families get in contact about year one places, and said: “We are also aware, from North Somerset Council’s admissions team, other children within the area may need a more local school place.”

The school will host an open day on January 27 for prospective parents who have not visited the school previously. Mr Jones will lead tours at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Information on the school’s admissions process is available via www.haywoodvillageacademy.org.uk

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