It’s decision time on new Wellington primary school

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

PARENTS in Wellington will soon know whether they have a wider choice of schools for their primary age children.

The Castle Partnership Trust is waiting to hear this month whether its bid to the Department for Education to open a 14-class school at Longforth Farm with 450 places is successful.

A spokeswoman for the trust said yesterday it was ‘hopeful’ the bid would be approved.

The trust says existing primary schools are over-subscribed because of new housing developments.

Government funding is available for building new schools where new places are needed and where a suitable sponsor can be found.

In September, Sarah Watson, executive head of the trust, said: “We are acting quickly so that we maximise any funding opportunity for Wellington.

“By that I mean that I think it may be that funding will be cut in the future or diverted to fund new grammar schools.

“Clearly we want to get the best for Wellington children and so by bidding now, I hope to get the most money we can.

“This is the sister school to a similar development in Comeytrowe, although the school in Wellington will be opened sooner, I hope.

“The school will have the trust’s ethos of Every Child Achieves, Every Child Belongs and Every Child Participates. There will be a strong emphasis on English, Maths and Science, and children will have a fantastic education.”

Wellington has three primary schools – St John’s, Wellesley Park and Beech Grove – but these are reaching capacity because so many new houses have been built in the area in recent years.

Some 650 homes are set to be built at Jurston, starting shortly, while work has already begun on a new development at Tonedale.

The Castle Partnership Trust is made up of two secondary schools – Court Fields in Wellington and The Castle in Taunton.

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