Sunday, 14 August 2022

Helping to set up new primary

THE Piggott School in Wargrave may be responsible for setting up a new primary school in Charvil

THE Piggott School in Wargrave may be responsible for setting up a new primary school in Charvil.

Wokingham council is to create an additional 150 school places in the borough by building three new primary schools and expanding three other schools.

The decision is subject to approval by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

East Park Farm in Charvil has been chosen as the site for a new primary for the north of the borough and will be run by the Piggott Academy.

The new school is due to open in September and will accommodate 30 children at first, rising to 210 after seven years.

Piggott headteacher Hilary Winter said: “I am delighted that our proposal to be responsible for setting up the new primary school in Charvil was successful. Over the next few months I shall be working with the local authority, governors, Charvil residents and other interested parties to establish this new school in time to take its first pupils in September.

“This is a particularly tight timeline but I am confident that we have both the will and expertise for this to be successful.

“This is a once-in-a-ifetime opportunity to establish a new school in purpose-built accommodation fit for purpose in the 21st century. We are determined to work tirelessly to ensure it is a successful and happy school which reflects our current ethos.”

Councillor Charlotte Haitham-Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: “This is fantastic news for the borough’s children who will benefit from these new learning facilities. We’re really pleased to be working with the Piggott Academy, subject to approval.”

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