Sponsor announced for new primary academy

Issue date: 03 May 2012

The Secretary of State has confirmed that the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) will oversee the planning, development and operation of a new primary academy on the former Wallscourt Farm land, working closely with the University of the West of England (UWE).

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has welcomed news that the CLF is to sponsor the district's first new primary academy school, in the Cheswick Village development east of Filton.

It is hoped that the 420-place academy will be operational from September 2013, helping to meet the growing demand for primary school places in the local area.

Professor Ron Ritchie, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UWE Bristol said, “This exciting opportunity will enable UWE to engage with its neighbouring community in innovative ways that should have benefits for all involved, young and old.”

South Gloucestershire Council Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families Sheila Cook said, “This is great news for South Gloucestershire and for the families set to move into the Cheswick Village development in the coming years.

“Cabot Learning Federation has an excellent track record in delivering high quality education and I am sure that, in partnership with UWE, they will make sure the new school is a resounding success.”

CLF executive principal David Carter said, “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity and look forward to working with our partners to deliver the new school.

“We will have four Primary Academies in CLF and this latest addition to the Federation is a very welcome development.”

Construction work on the new Cheswick Village development began in 2008 and it is expected that it will be completed by 2015 with some 1,800 homes.

The need for a primary school to serve the new community was confirmed as part of early discussions for the development.


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