Public meeting over new village primary school plans

An indicative design of what the new primary school would look like.

An indicative design of what the new primary school would look like. - Credit: NSC

A public meeting will be held this week over plans to open a primary school in Yatton.

A school will be built at North End to ensure there are enough places for pupils once housing projects in Claverham and Yatton are completed.

Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP), which runs secondary and primary schools in Backwell, the Chew Valley, Nailsea, Portishead and Wraxall, has expressed interest in running the soon-to-be-built school.

Its spokesman said: “The new school will benefit from the high expectations and challenge of the LSP.

“We shall strive for the best academic results and school staff will work to ensure each child makes as much progress as possible.

“In addition to a strong emphasis on key subjects such as maths, English and science, our pupils will learn about their local and global environments, about our past and they will prepare for their futures.

“All aspects of our curriculum will be founded on strong ethical and moral bases. We shall work hard to ensure children are given a wide range of opportunities through which they can shine.

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“The school will ensure all children take part in yearly performances, share learning outcomes through exhibitions and take part in music and sports events.

“The school year will end with an excellence week for all pupils in order to enrich the curriculum and celebrate high standards.”

North Somerset Council has agreed to spend £4million on creating the school, with Bloor Homes giving up some of its land where it is constructing hundreds of homes off Arnolds Way, for it to be built.

The LSP spokesman added: “Significant new residential developments are underway at North End, Yatton with planning permission for 482 homes and a further 108 under consideration.

“The council’s forecasts indicate the demand for primary school places will exceed the supply of existing provision within the villages of Yatton and Claverham by 121 pupils in 2021.”

MORE: Developer plans to tear down factory to build homes in Claverham.

The council is aiming to build a 210-place school, but it will be designed in such a way that it can be expanded to accommodate 420 children if needed in the future.

The LSP adds: “If we are successful with our bid, the school will be co-educational and will have no religious affiliation. Most places will be allocated according to straight-line distance from the school gate, thereby ensuring the school serves local families.

“The school will not take pupils already at existing primary schools as it will start with reception age children and grow year group by year group.”

LSP works with Backwell School already, where many of the future primary school pupils may progress to for their secondary education.

The meeting will begin at 6pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Yatton’s junior and infant schools.

The deadline for interested parties to submit a bid is September.

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