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Parents Set To Find Out More About New School Plans

Monday October 14 2013


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PARENTS will be able to find out more about a new free school planned for Barnsley at a public meeting.

The Wellspring Academy Trust is seeking to open the mainstream Elements Primary School to address a major shortage of primary places across the borough, particularly in the town centre around the Doncaster Road area.

Josie Thirkell, chief executive of the Trust, said it will employ specialist teachers and staff to meet the needs of families and pupils in the area.

"As a local trust we always seek what's best for Barnsley and providing a new primary school in a shortage area is why we're following this course of action," she said.

"We know that we have the expertise and local knowledge that will ensure that we can offer a school that delivers an outstanding opportunity for pupils, parents, families and the wider community.

"The bespoke curriculum offered will enhance the National Curriculum and enable pupils to improve their learning outcomes."

The school will be funded directly by the Department for Education and open to all children from three to 11-years-old. If the funding bid is successful, the school will open in September 2015.

The public meeting is at 5pm at Barnsley College on October 21.

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Reply Posted by nic on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:14
Shouldn't all schools have a bespoke curriculum to enable all pupil's to improve their learning outcome !!

Reply Posted by steph on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:14
that would be great - pity Gove is trying to do away with teaching assistants, the teachers will be very busy !!!

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Thursday October 17 2013 at 20:01
Rather than throwing good money away perhaps Barnsley should invest in the schools they already have? After all there have been several schools on here lately doing badly and lets face it the academies have not been a great thing for local education either.
This smacks of yummy mummy wanting to be special and their child rather than a realistic proposition.

Reply Posted by flyintheointment on Sunday October 20 2013 at 17:10
Hallelujah to this news I hope that means that Doncaster Road primary school is going to close its so bad there when I drive past on my way to work all you see is parents arguing with each other!!A few weeks ago saw a full on brawl I'm just so glad I didn't have my sons with me they would have been scared to death.

Reply Posted by eggnchips on Friday December 13 2013 at 13:17
I'm with purple haze on this one. Yes im aware that children are currently fighting for school places in chosen areas. However i also agree with the fact that many schools we currently have here in Barnsley are failing. Far too much money is being wasted in Barnsley. Take for example Holgate secondary school and Kingstone. The council invested millions into Kingstone getting a new sports hall etc only 2 years before deciding to knock the place down and spend a fortune murging two schools. What exactly was the point? How about actually paying a decent wage, inline with wages across the country to bring good strong teachers into the borough?? Expanding on the existing good schools we already have, lower the number of pupils in each class to ensure that each pupil gets the attention and dedication they deserve, not ploughing more money into a project that has no gaurantees that it will be successful.



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