Local residents are invited to come and meet the organisations bidding to run the first of three new primary schools to serve new communities on the east of St Neots. 

On completion, the St Neots Eastern Expansion will consist of more than 5,200 dwellings. This includes 1,648 dwellings on Love’s Farm.  A total of three new primary schools are planned to meet the need of the existing Loves Farm community and resulting from the new housing.

A meeting will be held in the Youth Hall at The Bargroves Centre, Cromwell Road, St Neots on Wednesday 27 September 2017 starting at 6.30pm and finishing around 8pm.

In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 2011, the County Council is required to seek sponsors for the school to be run as either a Free School or an Academy.

Applications to sponsor and operate the school have been received from The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust, which operates seven schools including The Round House Primary Academy at Love’s Farm, and the St Neots Learning Partnership Trust, which operates Longsands and Ernulf academies in St Neots.

Cllr Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “This is a great opportunity to meet the organisations who could be running this new school and hear more about their vision for it. We are committed to ensuring there is enough educational provision for children in Cambridgeshire and this new school will help to meet that need in St Neots. I would encourage everyone to come along and find out more about this exciting new development.”

On 29 September 2017 a panel of County Councillors and officers will meet to interview representatives of the two Trusts. 

A report will then be presented to the Council’s Children and Young People Committee seeking approval to recommend the panel’s preferred sponsor to the Secretary of State for Education.  The final decision on which Trust will be the sponsor of the new school will be taken by the Secretary of State.

Further information can be found at: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/school-changes-&-consultations/new-primary-school-for-st-neots-eastern-expansion/

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