Saturday 24 February 2024
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New East Leake primary school awarded to Spencer Academies Trust

A new primary school development in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, has been awarded to Spencer Academies Trust.

The school will be built on the Rempstone Road development and initially offer 210 primary places plus a 26-place nursery.

It is the continued intention to deliver the new primary school at the site by 2022 and the County Council is doing everything it can to deliver within this timeframe.

A key milestone in enabling this has been the plans for the new school, which were approved at the most recent County Council Planning Committee in June.

The Spencer Academies Trust has been approved as sponsor by the Secretary of State for Education after a competitive process based on the Trust’s outstanding reputation for quality primary provision underpinned by outstanding performance outcomes.

Spencer Academies Trust will now consult on designs for the new school and will work to agree the curriculum for use in school which reflects local values and priorities.

In keeping with Trust practice across a number of new and free schools delivered in the East Midlands, a Principal will be appointed in advance of opening and will be charged with overseeing delivery of the school.

To support the integration of the new primary within the network of existing good and outstanding schools in Rushcliffe, a community group will be convened, and will be asked to share its views on all aspects of the school’s development.

The community group will be open to anyone interested in taking part and it is hoped that prospective parents will be particularly keen to help to develop strong community links.

Spencer Chief Executive Paul West said: “We are delighted to be chosen as the right Trust to deliver this new primary, co-designed in partnership with the local community. Considering the track record of other SAT schools in Nottinghamshire. including the outstanding Rushcliffe School, we expect the new Spencer school to be an exceptional environment for children to learn and grow from the very first day.”

The new school has been planned as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s priority to ensure that children across Nottinghamshire are able to attend good and outstanding primary schools.

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council Children and Young People’s committee, said: “We are committed to ensuring sufficient educational provision for children in Nottinghamshire and creating additional school places where needed. Our aim is to ensure that all Nottinghamshire children have access to the best education and the opportunity to succeed.

“The Trust has a track record of providing fantastic educational experiences across the county and we are delighted to be working with them again to provide a new school for local children. This will undoubtedly be a great addition to the Nottinghamshire family of schools.”