Bid to open £4m free primary

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 January 2013

Principal Neville Coles with current pupils

Principal Neville Coles with current pupils

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A WORLE school has revived plans to become the first establishment of its kind in North Somerset to educate children aged four to 16.

Priory Community School hopes to create a £4million free school at its Queensway site, which would open to its first pupils in September 2014.

The academy this week revealed plans to open the new educational facility, which would be independent from local authority control.

The Queensway academy had high hopes for opening Priory Primary School in its grounds last year, but plans for the first four-to-16 school in North Somerset were stopped in their tracks when parent demand for the facility fell short of what was needed.

Staff remained confident their vision may be realised in future and the school could host 30 reception-aged children in a revamped sixth form block, to provide ‘all-through’ education to the age of 16.

So now there are proposals for Priory Primary School to be a new free school run by the academy trust from September 2014 if local parents and residents support the idea.

The school would be based on the school’s land.

Principal Neville Coles said: “Free schools are exempt from local authority control and have greater freedom over curriculum, budgets, and their timetable.

“They are non-selective and do not charge fees.

“Priory leaders are eager to explore the plans and to help out a community need.

“We would encourage parents to get in touch.”

Parents interested in the free school are asked to email tania.caulfield@staff.priory.n-somerset.sch.uk or ‘like’ the Facebook page by looking for Priory Primary Free School on the social networking site.


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