Council continues to boost school places in the borough
A brand new primary school in Allscott, operated by the Learning Community Trust (LCT) has opened its doors this September.
Allscott Meads Primary School has been built by SJ Roberts Construction Ltd in close partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council and Learning Community Trust.
The new school provides 150 primary school places across six classrooms, a sports hall, kitchen, staff room, offices, storage rooms and various other rooms for one-to-one teaching and support.
It also boasts a 1.1-acre sports field, hard-surfaced sports court, 40 bike parking spaces and car parking for staff and visitors.
There are plans in place to also offer nursery provision to the growing local community.
Cllr Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Visitor Economy said:
“We are thrilled that the brand new primary school in Allscott opened this September.
“It is an exciting project our Council has driven, as part of our commitment to provide more school places and great learning opportunities closer to home for more pupils in our borough.
“We hope all children and school staff will enjoy the new, modern and spacious learning environment at the newly-built village school at Allscott.
“Over the next years, we will continue to invest in borough schools to provide the very best educational experience for our children and young people, closer to where they live.”
Jane Hughes, chief executive of the Learning Community Trust, added: "This is a modern, light, colourful and a fantastic environment for children to learn and flourish.
“Our vision is to provide an outstanding education for all of our children and young people that prepares them to be successful in all they do, both now and in the future."
Kirsty Parkinson, Headteacher of Allscott Meads Primary School, said: “I’m both delighted and proud to be the head teacher of this modern school in a beautiful setting. I am extremely passionate about enabling young children to thrive, offering them equality of access to the best curriculum offer possible and very much looking forward to making each day different and lots of fun.
“I enjoy teaching young people immensely, and feel that positive relationships lie at the very heart of my collaborative approach to teaching and learning. This new role presents a unique opportunity to create a hub at the very heart of its community, where positive relationships enable all children to thrive and flourish.”
Mike Sambrook, Managing Director of SJ Roberts Construction Ltd. said: “It has been a pleasure to deliver this new school and to now witness the first pupils and their families benefit from the fantastic facilities that it offers.
“As an emerging new community, Allscott Meads appeals to a wide demographic and for families that choose to live here, the school will become a central part of their new lives.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with the school as construction of phase 2 of the housing here at Allscott Meads continues.”
Learning Community Trust was formed in 2017 and has grown into a family of 11 school sites, responsible for more than 5,500 children and employing just over 1,000 people.
They include Hadley Learning Community, Ercall Wood and Charlton secondary school in Telford, plus specialist education centres such as Queensway in Telford, and Severndale in Shrewsbury, and primary schools in Wellington, Ketley Bank and Crudgington.
Agreement has also been reached for it to take over the running of Burton Borough secondary school in Newport.
Over the last years, Telford & Wrekin Council has been investing heavily into borough schools, to create more primary and secondary school places closer to home for children and young people.
Works are planned at other school sites across Telford and Wrekin, as part of the council’s “On Your Side “ ongoing commitment and investments for its residents.
Front row – Pupils at Allscott Meads Primary School
Back row (left to right) – Maddie Griffin (Director of Primary Education, Learning Community Trust), Cllr Eileen Callear (Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Visitor Economy), Kirsty Parkinson (Headteacher of Allscott Meads Primary School), Mike Briscoe (Chair of Trustees for the Learning Community Trust), Jane Hughes (Chief Executive of the Learning Community Trust)