Bidder sought to run new primary school

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

Interested parties keen to run a new school in Yatton have until September to come forward.

An academy primary school is likely to be built at North End to ensure there are enough education places for children in the village, with hundreds of homes under construction.

In November, North Somerset Council revealed it would allocate £4million to the project and this month has moved it forward by producing a guide about the kind of school it wishes to be built.

Initial specifications will focus on a 210-place school, but it would be designed in such a way to double in size if required in the years to come.

Bloor Homes has allocated room for a school on its Arnolds Way housing development, as well as a care facility.

Indicative layouts produced by the council show there could be room for sports pitches too – although firm proposals will depend on bidders and obtaining planning permission.

North Somerset Council’s report says: “While there is currently some primary-aged capacity within the village of Yatton, at the time of writing this expression of interest (document), the village schools have a total of 607 pupils on roll within a capacity of 270 infant and 360 junior aged places.

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“Four of the seven cohorts are either full or close to full.

“With significant new residential developments being delivered at North End along with the limits placed on schools with infant class places and few primary places available in surrounding towns and villages, it is now necessary to start to progress options for the new school at North End.

“Projections show a 210-place school with the infrastructure and capacity to expand to 420 places as demand dictates would be the best solution.

“This would enable new places to be created at North End to support the residential growth to the east of the village and provide the opportunity for places for children living in the neighbouring village of Kingston Seymour, who risk being displaced by residents living closer to existing schools.”

Bids must be submitted by noon on September 10.