Saturday, 25 November 2017

New free school approved

PLANS for a new primary school in Caversham have been approved by the Department of Education.

PLANS for a new primary school in Caversham have been approved by the Department of Education.

A group of parents submitted a bid to open the free school in the Mapledurham/Caversham Heights area next year.

Two members of the Heights Primary School Trust will attend a one-day course with DoE experts to learn about a £220,000 grant they will receive as well as help in recruiting a headteacher.

Ruth Rosewell, director of the trust, said: “Obviously we are very pleased and relieved that the school has been given approval. There has been a real flurry of excitement and we have had lots of interest on our website.

“Now it is a case of actually making sure the school is built, we have teachers in place and the idea is turned into a reality.”

The trust wants a school within walking distance of pupils’ homes and maximum class sizes of 25. It hopes to use land belonging to the Mapledurham Estate but if a suitable building is not identified in time, it plans to use temporary classrooms.

In its first year, the school will have classes from reception age to year three and then later expand to year six.

There is an estimated shortage of 60 primary school places in north Reading. Caversham Heights does not have a school and has been adopted by Emmer Green and The Hill primaries, both of which are oversubscribed.

For more information, visit www.theheightsprimary.co.uk

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