Bid for new 420-place primary school

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 April 2015

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NORTH Somerset Council's executive member for education has written to the Government to request a new school be opened in Weston.

Cllr Jeremy Blatchford has notified the Department for Education that it seeks to oversee a 420-place primary school at the St Modwen development at Locking Parklands.

The school, which will serve the 1,450-home development, is expected to open by September 2017.

As it stands, children in the new housing site have to travel to Locking village or one of the other primary schools, but will be given priority in the new school.

The Education Secretary must be legally notified of any new academy schools in order to arrange a sponsor.

The building will be funded through a section 106 agreement, money paid by a developer to 
the community, which requires St Modwen to provide the school infrastructure, but the council 
is responsible for the start-up costs.

Once the school is open it will be financed by the Education Funding Agency in the same way as other academies in the area – so there are no financial implications for the council.

The council hopes the school will have an on-site preschool and will have enough facilities to accommodate up to 630 pupils, so is able to expand if necessary.

The Education Secretary will make decision in about six weeks.

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