A new housing development in Ashford is to get a new primary school and Kent County Council is happy that Stour Academies Trust is the chosen sponsor to run the school.
The Finberry development at Cheeseman’s Green, located South East of Ashford, is to have a new two form entry primary school that will serve as the heart of the Finberry community.
The school will ultimately take 60 children in each year group, eventually taking a total of 420. However, in the first three years of operation the admission number will be 30 with a clear commitment to serve the Finberry development.
The school is intended to serve families living within walking distance of the school.
The county council put forward the Stour Academy Trust as the preferred sponsor to the Department of Education following a competition and are pleased the DfE has selected the trust to run the new school.
Finberry Primary School will be the fifth school within the Trust, which aims for all of its schools to be outstanding.
Sturry CE Primary, its sponsor school received an outstanding judgement by Ofsted just a few weeks ago. The Trust’s motto ‘Bringing Learning to Life’ aims to create an exciting and creative curriculum that engages all pupils, regardless of ability, and develop a life-long love of learning.
Chief Executive Officer of The Stour Academy Trust, Simon O’Keefe, said: “I am hugely excited by the prospect of running a new primary school in my home town of Ashford.
“The Trust works collaboratively across all of its schools sharing good practice, providing a high standard of professional development, one to one coaching for its teachers with frequent opportunities to observe outstanding teaching. However, above all, we have a simple rule – children come first”.
The school will host a small specialist resource based provision for up to 14 pupils who have difficulty learning as a result of their emotional, social or behavioural needs.
The specialist base is expected to be a centre of excellence to help other providers in the area to increase their expertise.
Although a new build is expected to be ready for September 2016, the school will open this September on the old Ashford South Community School site in Jemmett Road, which is currently being refurbished.
David Adams, Area Education Officer at Kent County Council said: “This is really good news for Ashford and will ensure local children have access to high quality primary school places.
“We will be working closely with the Trust to make sure the school opens in September 2015.”