Newquay to get new school
THE Government has given the go-ahead to build a new primary school in Newquay to alleviate the pressure on places.
The Newquay Education Trust, a multi-academy trust founded by Newquay Junior and Newquay Tretherras, has received approval to open a free school for reception and infant children by September 2018.
The trust has put forward a proposal to construct the Newquay Primary Academy on its own land, potentially on the Newquay Tretherras site, but the Department for Education will have the final say on where the school goes.
There will be an initial intake of 60 pupils in 2018 and will grow year-on-year with two classes for each year group, catering for 420 pupils by 2024, to accommodate the shortfall that exists in the town.
It is envisaged the school could be expanded as the need evolves to accommodate children from the new developments being built in the town.
The news follows significant work undertaken by Newquay Education Trust to fulfil the rigorous process set out by the Department for Education to demonstrate the need for a new primary school.
The trust carried out a public consultation to show that residents would want to send their children there. They also submitted evidence from people who have had problems securing their first choice place for their children and others who have seen their youngsters placed in schools that requires transport out of town.
Figures collated from a range of sources, including Cornwall Council’s place planning, access and inclusion team, plus various housing developments in the town, show that there is not just a future need for a new primary school with an estimated shortfall of 37 primary places this year, which is due to increase annually with a projected shortfall of 68 to 83 primary places in 2018/19 and 83 to 92 primary places in 2019/20.
Free schools are state-funded schools that are independent of local authority control. They have the freedom to decide the length of school day and term, their curriculum, teacher pay and how they spend their budgets.
Mark Braham, the director of IT and Media at the Newquay Education Trust, said: “The trust has fulfilled the rigorous process set out by the Department for Education to ensure that new schools are opened only by groups who have the ability, skills, expertise and vision required to address clear educational needs.
“Newquay Primary Academy will serve a genuine need for additional primary school places in Newquay, a need that currently sees many parents faced with the prospect of not being able to secure places locally and have to have their children placed in schools requiring transport out of town.
“What the approval means is basically the green light towards progress to opening having gone through all the rigorous application, proposal, evidence, interview stages and been approved as we demonstrated the need for it, plus expertise to deliver it.
“The next stage is doing all the more normal stuff, such as looking at site options and
coming up with designs and looking at feasibility and planning, as well as concentrating on the educational side. We proposed that the academy could be built on Newquay Education Trust- owned land, and potentially on the Tretherras site, but the Department for Education will have the final say on it.
“We hope to be ready for an initial intake of 60 in 2018, which would consist of reception and infant children, and then grow by an additional 60 annually as each year group progresses.
“The site will be somewhere in central Newquay in a town location because the bid is
based on that proposal. Until we have our initial meeting with our linked Department for Education adviser we are unable to confirm exactly where it will be.
“The Department for Education will want to ensure that any site we propose achieves best value and provides the right location for the proposals we set out in the bid. The Department for Education will be discussing our ideas for potential locations with us very shortly and we hope to be able to confirm a location with them very soon because time is short and there will be other issues to resolve, such as buildings design and planning consents. It makes
financial sense for the academy to go on Tretherras land but the Department for Education could say there is a better option elsewhere in the town.”
Sue Martin, CEO of the Newquay Education Trust, added: “Central to our proposal to the Department for Education was that we firmly believe our new school needs to be within walking distance.
“We do not believe it is right that parents are faced with the prospect of having to bus or taxi their young children out of town, and knew that we were able to put forward a proposal which would help address that – as well as ensure children had access to the very best
educational opportunities and resources available to them.”
Sarah Karkeek, chair of the board of directors at Newquay Education Trust, said: “We are delighted that the DfE has approved us for pre-opening, enabling us to move forward and build Newquay Primary Academy. I would like to congratulate our team in getting us this far and securing something which Newquay desperately needs. We are now looking forward to continuing to work with the local community to bring this new primary school to fruition.”
Newquay MP Steve Double said: “Following the additional housing approved in Newquay, I believe it is important to ensure the appropriate services and infrastructure are in place before these houses are built. Primary schools are already at capacity in our constituency and the addition of further housing will exacerbate this.
“I am therefore pleased to welcome the announcement of the new primary school, which is due to open before the completion of these new housing developments, providing much-needed primary places for children.”
The Government has already announced a multi-million pound funding package to build another new primary school in Newquay within the under construction Nansledan
The Aspire Primary Academy Newquay is due to be unveiled in September 2017, or possibly 2018, and will primarily take in children from families moving into the Duchy of Cornwall housing scheme.
This second free school, which will eventually cater for 420 children, will open with two
reception classes of 30 children in each and is due to take in a further 60 children each year over the next six years.
Reception age children from other parts of Newquay and Quintrell Downs could also start school there, easing the pressure on school places that exists at Newquay academies.
- 25th April 2017 13:27
- All this destruction (wrongly known as development) is not necessary. Is there a guarantee that all the homes at Nansleden will be sold to local people? Of course not. Its nothing but a ruinous money making plot. Since when does a school require a CEO then? I bet that doesn´t pay an excessive salary does it??