Sponsor announced for new primary academy
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The Secretary of State has confirmed that the CLF will oversee the planning, development and operation of the new primary academy on the former Wallscourt Farm land, working closely with the nearby University of the West of England (UWE).
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.
South Gloucestershire Council Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families Sheila Cook said: “This is great news for South Gloucestershire in general and particularly 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.”
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.”
Construction work on the new Cheswick Village development began in 2007 and it is expected that it will be completed by 2016 with approximately 700 new 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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