Bidders to unveil plans for village school in public meeting next week

PUBLISHED: 06:58 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 30 August 2018

Clevedon Learning Trust wants to bring similar success to Yatton that it has enjoyed in Tickenham. Picture: CLT

Clevedon Learning Trust wants to bring similar success to Yatton that it has enjoyed in Tickenham. Picture: CLT


A third would-be bidder has emerged keen to run Yatton’s new school once it opens almost two years from now.

A primary school is going to be built at North End, with North Somerset Council having committed millions of pounds in funding to the idea.

The Education Academy Trust and Lighthouse Schools Partnerships, as previously reported by the Times, are among those keen to run the primary from September 2020.

However, Clevedon Learning Trust (CLT) has this week revealed its willingness to enter the bidding process.

Any interested parties must inform North Somerset Council of their interest by the end of September.

More information on would-be bidders and the process for Yatton will be revealed at a public meeting on Monday.

CLT believes it would do a great job in Yatton, stating it has an ‘excellent track record’ in running schools in North Somerset.

It is involved with Clevedon School – which has just enjoyed a successful set of exam results – and also primaries in the town and Tickenham.

CLT believes its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating for Clevedon School illustrates its excellence when it comes to shaping children’s educational needs.

CLT’s chief executive officer, John Wells said: “Having successfully run several schools we are keen to help produce another excellent school for the area.

“Our ethos is to produce high achieving schools with strong expectations, excellent teaching and children that are inspired. It would be a delight to serve the community of Yatton.”

The new school for Yatton will cater for 210 pupils and is due to open in September 2020.

The council said it will be designed in such a way it can grow to have room for 420 students, depending on demand caused by new housing developments in Yatton and the surrounding villages.

The public meeting involving the various bidders will be held on Monday evening.

It will get underway at 6.30pm at Yatton Village Hall, in The Causeway.

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