Proposed Grantham school could provide hundreds of extra places

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A schools trust plans to build a new primary school in Grantham by 2018 to provide places for hundreds of children expected to move into the town as more and more homes are built.

The Community Inclusive Trust has plans to build a school to the west of the town, where thousands of homes are being built off Barrowby Road. It already runs the Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship, consisting of Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School, and also sponsors Isaac Newton Primary School.

The trust wants the new school to be up and running by September 2018 when it will initially teach reception classes of about 60 pupils, and include a nursery. Years 1-6 will be formed as time goes on.

A public meeting will be held at the Eden House Hotel on Wednesday, February 24, at 5pm, when a presentation will be made by the trust, followed by a question and answer session.

Peter Bell, CEO of the trust, said the aim in building a new school was to meet the growing need, in terms of capacity, of the north-west of Grantham.

Mr Bell said: “The developing challenge the population growth in Grantham presents means we have the opportunity to provide children in the area, or who are moving into the area, the highest quality education.”

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A total of 1,800 houses will be built on land off Barrowby Road, known as Poplar Farm, over the next decade, with more than 200 of these already built in the area. As many are family homes, this means hundreds of families and their children will move into the town.

The trust says figures show that there are almost 13,000 children of primary age in Grantham now and this number is predicted to increase by about 650 pupils by 2021.

Following next week’s consultation meeting, which will be chaired by Mr Bell and conversion manager Louise Perkins, the trust must put in its application for the school to the Department for Education by March 2.

Isaac Newton headteacher Paul Hill said: “As a school we are delighted that the trust is seeking to open a free primary school. This will allow opportunities for Isaac Newton pupils and potential primary pupils within the north-west of Grantham.”

The trust itself is set to grow further with four schools in south Lincolnshire likely to join. Ambergate and Sandon have also recently been given teaching school status.

If you want to attend the consultation meeting on Wednesday, email the trust at enquiries@citacademies.co.uk by February 23. If you cannot attend, you can send your comments to the same address under the subject ‘Free school consultation’ or write to Free School Consultation, CIT Academies, Autumn Park, Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7EU. All written responses must arrive by 5pm on February 24.

Updates on the application can be seen on the trust’s website at www.citacademies.co.uk where you can join a mailing list to keep up to date with progress.