On the back of their successful bid for a new secondary school, and with encouragement from Swindon North’s MP, Justin Tomlinson, New College Swindon is leading a partnership to submit an application for a new primary school adjacent to Great Western Academy which has been agreed for Tadpole Garden Village.
The partnership is comprised of experts in education with advice from the Government’s New Schools Network team and is working closely with Swindon Borough Council, using population data provided by the council.
There is a projected shortage of primary school places in Swindon area due to rapid population growth and new housing developments. Swindon Borough Council has identified a need for more primary places, up to 25 forms of entry or 750 places by 2026 – and is fully supportive of this bid.
The primary school will join the other New College Swindon sponsored free school, Great Western Academy (GWA) in a Multi-Academy Trust. GWA is due to open in September 2018 and the primary school would complete the continuum of education in the area for children from 4 to 18. Located next to the GWA site, the pupils will be able to share and access age-appropriate resources to enrich their teaching and learning.
If the bid is successful, Great Western Primary will open in September 2019. The plan is for a two-form entry (60 places) primary school, meaning that over time it will reach a capacity of 420 pupils. In addition, a much needed new nursery will be included in the bid.
Graham Taylor, Principal of New College, pictured: “We’re delighted to be submitting a bid for a primary school to be located next to Great Western Academy. I am passionate about harnessing the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning and we have plans to link with innovative companies and gain a national reputation for best practice in our work in digital learning. Pupil progress and results can be improved when great e-learning materials complement great teachers and this is something the school will strive to excel at.”
Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon: “Having spent 10 years as a Councillor for the Northern Sector and now as the MP I know first-hand just how vital we remain one step ahead of demand for Primary School places. With additional homes being built at Tadpole Farm, Abbey Farm and on St. Andrews Ridge, demand will be strong and this bid provides an opportunity for fellow local residents to benefit from an exciting, established addition to our local school provision. As with the Great Western Academy bid, I’ll very much be personally supporting the application.”
The partnership believe that Great Western Primary will create and promote a modern learning environment that inspires children to achieve high standards and become life-long, independent learners. The school’s ethos will be to develop all pupils as creative thinkers, inquisitive questioners, avid problem solvers and successful communicators with flexible and transferable skills.
Those looking for further information on the project or parents wanting to show their support for the bid are encouraged to visit www.greatwesternprimary.org
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• Great Western Academy (GWA) is a new school opening in North Swindon due to a successful bid from New College as part of the Government’s free schools programme. GWA will be opening in September 2018 and will have 1250 secondary places as well as 250 post-16 places.
• The Government’s Free School initiative was launched in June 2010 with the first Free Schools opening in September 2011. A Free School is an all-ability state-funded school set up in response to parental demand. They can be set up by a wide range of proposers, including charities, universities, businesses, educational groups, teachers and groups of parents.
• New College is a general FE College currently offering over 160 courses and qualifications to over 3200 16-18 year old students with many more leisure, business and higher education courses to over 10,000 adult students. It also offers a substantial number of GCSEs as a well as a programme for 14-16 year olds. In December 2014 OFSTED rated it ‘Good with Outstanding features’. Learner success rates were 4.6 percentage points above the national average in 2013.