Haywood Village Academy could expand to cater for children of all ages

PUBLISHED: 11:57 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 12 July 2017

Haywood Village Academy's headteacher Craig Jones.

Haywood Village Academy's headteacher Craig Jones.

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Weston-super-Mare’s newest primary school will more than triple in size this September, and it is already looking at whether it could cater for even more children living in the town.

Students at Haywood Village Academy.Students at Haywood Village Academy.

Haywood Village Academy, in Whitney Crescent, has launched a consultation in the hope of opening classes to cater for children in every year group from September.

The school opened its doors in September 2016 and had just 32 reception pupils.

By February the school was already growing, as it opened its first year one class to meet demand from families living in the Haywood Village development, which once complete will have 900 homes.

Plans are already in place for the school to have a cohort of 60 in its reception class next year, and it will also open a new nursery class.

The academy’s headteacher Craig Jones told the Mercury: “This represents a significant growth for the school, from 32 children last September to 110 pupils plus nursery children.

“Our current reception children have thoroughly enjoyed having the older children in school.

“It has been lovely seeing the school community grow, with parents now of two different age groups.”

Now the school – which is part of the Cabot Learning Federation multi-academy trust – is working with North Somerset Council to see if there are enough pupils living in the area who require school places in year groups three through to six for it to offer these classes.

To open up the new classes, there must be a minimum of 15 pupils living within Haywood Village and the immediate area who contact the council to say they would take up a place at the school.

Mr Jones said: “While we would like to open other year groups, there are some important considerations around the wellbeing of children having enough peers their own age, the financial viability of smaller classes, the unrest it may cause other local schools and the timings in which we can employ an excellent teaching team.”

The consultation period will end on Monday and the academy will then work with the council to make a decision on what year groups it caters for.

MORE: Inside Haywood Village Academy before it opened its doors to pupils.

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