A new sponsor has been confirmed for the new primary free school which is set to be built in St Neots.

Following the recommendation made by the Children and Young People Committee on 14 November, Diamond Learning Partnership Trust has been given Secretary of State approval to sponsor the new free school at Wintringham Park, that will serve new communities on the east of St Neots.

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust currently runs nine primary schools in Cambridgeshire, including The Round House Primary Academy at Love’s Farm, St Neots.

The Council plans to work with the trust to open the new school in temporary accommodation for reception aged children in September 2018 to meet the demand for reception places for children living in the Loves Farm and new communities to the east of St Neots.

Simon Bywater, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “We are committed to ensuring there is enough educational provision for children in Cambridgeshire.   This is an important step on the journey towards the creation of additional primary school places to serve our growing population. The new primary school at Wintringham Park will enable us to meet the need for more school places in the communities on the eastern expansion of St Neots.”

Susannah Connell, Chief Executive Officer of the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust, said: “We are delighted to be chosen after a competition to open a new school at Wintringham Park and we look forward to working with Cambridgeshire County Council to provide much needed primary school places in St Neots. The new school will complement our existing Round House Primary Academy at the nearby Loves Farm where we strive to ensure that every child achieves the highest possible standards through a relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning.”

The new school will meet the demand for reception places for children living in the Loves Farm and new communities to the east of St Neots.

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