New 600-pupil academy could move into old library
A 600-PUPIL school could move into Weston’s library building by the end of the year.
Youngsters aged four to 16 could take advantage of the facilities at the proposed Weston Christian Academy.
Set to be the first UK academy backed by multiple churches, it is the brainchild of a group of parents, teachers and their friends which is getting ready to submit an application to open the free school.
A free school is funded by the taxpayer, but not controlled by a local authority.
The group is hoping to base the school in the Boulevard library building, saving the historic site for community use. The library service itself is moving to a new base in the town hall.
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Weston Christian Academy would cater for four to 16-year-olds, with a specialist status in performing and visual arts.
Ideas being put forward include specialist facilities for adult learning, a cr�che, support for parents and holiday care for children.
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It would initially be based on the one site, but as the school grows, secondary age children would move to another base.
For the application to be successful, the group behind the plans needs to show the Government that parents want the school to open.
It is looking for support from those whose children who will be applying for either reception or year seven for their child for September 2013 and 2014.
Weston residents Dr Mike Kellaway Marriott and Noelle Lomanto are in charge of the project and say a family in the area has offered the use of its farmland and woodland to develop outdoor learning.
Reverend Andrew Alden, of St Paul’s Church in Walliscote Road, said: “We love working together in partnership with other organisations in the community.
“There is a genuine synergy in this initiative, so we are confident that this Christian school will provide outstanding moral, spiritual and social outcomes, as well as excellent academic achievement.”
The school would be the first in the country to be designated to a group of churches of different denominations rather than one church or diocese.
St Paul’s Church and Clarence Park Baptist Church in Weston have already agreed their backing and discussions with other church leaders are currently taking place.
To register interest in the school log on to www.wsmchristianacademy.co.uk or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01934 412095.