Second bidder to run new village primary school comes forward

PUBLISHED: 11:43 19 August 2018

An indicative design of what the new primary school would look like.

An indicative design of what the new primary school would look like.

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A second bidder keen to run a new primary school will unveil its plans at a public event next month.

Educate Together Academy Trust (ETAT) intends to enter the bidding contest to run a new school in Yatton which North Somerset Council is funding to offset hundreds of homes being built in the village.

The trust is opening Parklands Educate Together Primary School near Weston in September but is already thinking about taking on another in the district.

Nikki Buglass, ETAT’s project manager, said the group takes great pride in bringing new schools to communities.

She added: “Being part of setting up a new school is a really special time.

“Being able to influence and be involved in your child’s education is rare and very rewarding.”

The trust already runs two primaries in Bristol and Keynsham and will open one in Bath in September, as well as the one at Locking Parklands.

Emma Garnett, of ETAT, said: “Having helped develop and watch our Redfield school grow from day one, into a school with excellent early years provision, we are keen to share our success with the community in Yatton.”

Yatton’s new school will open in September 2020 with just a reception class but then grow as each year group moves on.

Initial capacity of the school will be 210 pupils, but it could be doubled in size depending on demand for places.

North Somerset Council has set the deadline for educational organisations to bid as the end of September.

Last year it gave the green light to provide £4million worth of funding to a new primary for Yatton, with its infant and junior schools unable to increase in size sufficiently to keep pace with the village’s population growth.

Bloor Homes is building hundreds of homes off Arnolds Way in Yatton, and within its second phase of development, has given land to the council for a new school to be built.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) held a similar meeting last month about its intention to bid for the right to run Yatton’s new school.

LSP runs secondary schools in Backwell, Nailsea, Portishead and Wraxall.

ETAT’s public meeting will begin at 6.30pm on September 3 at the Jack Crease Room of the village hall, in The Causeway.

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