Public consultation results in new primary school plan
As a result of substantial housing developments scheduled for the north eastern part of Telford, a new 210 pupil primary school is set to be built adjacent to Junction 4 of the M54.
There are currently two schools serving this area – Redhill Primary Academy and Priorslee Primary Academy.
Following consultation and subject to planning approval, a new free school will be constructed and opened on the new housing development planned for the Millers site adjacent to the motorway junction.
A report to Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet, which meets on February 14, says that the Council has a statutory duty to consult the public on its arrangements for admission to community and voluntary controlled schools at least once every seven years.
The latest such consultation took place between 26 November last year and 18 January 2019.
It sought views on two key areas:
•The proposed oversubscription criteria for admissions to community and voluntary controlled schools in 2020
•The designation of a shared attendance area for three primary schools – including the new one – to the north east of Telford
The consultation received ten individual responses from nine different schools and a consensus was reached at the Local Admission Forum that the proposed oversubscription criteria reflected the needs of pupils and families in the borough.
Cabinet is now being asked to approve the proposed criteria, which are as follows in order of priority:
1.Children who are, or were, previously looked after by Telford & Wrekin Council or by any other local authority
2.Children previously in state care outside of England and have ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted
3.In area children
4.Out of area children
5.Children of staff
6.Any other out of area children
Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Employment, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Telford is the fastest growing town in the Midlands and as a business winning council we have succeeded in attracting significant inward investment to Telford, resulting in many jobs being created.
“It is no surprise that families want to come and live in our vibrant town so it is important that we ensure that a great choice of school places is available for young families.
“We have a growing school population and as a result we need to continually review the amount of places we have available. The plan to build a new school in the north east of Telford is a sign of a healthy economy and vibrant community.
“The need to conduct the seven yearly public consultation provided an opportunity to review the current arrangements and ensure they remained fit for purpose and continue to meet the needs of children in the borough.
“I am confident that the proposed shared catchment area in the north east of Telford will have a positive impact on residents in the Priorslee ward.”