Devon’s newest primary school officially opened

From left, the Chair of Devon County Council, Caroline Chugg, the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev Robert Atwell, pupils Kate Wylie And Max Zawadzki, headteacher Owen Wilder and Chair of Governors, Lucy Porter Goff. Pic credit: Will Dolphin Photography.

Posted on: 20 June 2018

Devon’s newest primary school has been officially opened in Exeter.

Trinity Church of England VA Primary and Nursery School in Newcourt was opened by Devon County Council chair, Caroline Chugg and the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell.

The school, which is the first to be opened by the local authority since 2012, will serve the community of Newcourt and grow to educate 420 primary pupils.

It will also offer nursery provision and provide a hub for community use.

Bishop Robert said:

“It is clear to me that Trinity is a school in which everyone is valued and this provides an excellent foundation to develop an outstanding school.

“Church of England schools sit at the very heart of communities and I am delighted to see the close partnership between the school and local parish which can only enrich the school’s offer.”

The theme throughout was of collaboration in recognition of the close partnership working between Devon County Council, church leaders, landowners, developers, local authority and diocesan officials and the community to overcome various challenges to establish the school.

Councillor Chugg said: “Trinity School is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through collaboration. It is wonderful to see the children enjoying and celebrating what is clearly the right school, in the right place.”

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

“I’m delighted that the school building is now open and ready to serve the growing number of children locally who need places as well as providing important facilities for the thriving community.

“This has been a joint project between the Diocese of Exeter and Devon County Council and the first new school opened in Devon under a local authority banner since 2012.”

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for Exeter and the local councillor for Newcourt, Andrew Leadbetter, said:

“I had the pleasure of touring the school and meeting the head, staff and pupils when they moved in last month.

“It’s taken a little longer than originally planned but the facilities that are now on offer to the pupils and the community are really excellent.

“The school will grow organically with the community it serves and everything is now in place for this to become an excellent addition to the Newcourt neighbourhood.”

Diocesan Director of Education, John Searson, said:

“I am thrilled to see the school in its wonderful new building. The children are already enjoying and benefitting from this superb environment which will provide them with the very best start in their learning. Our strong partnership with Devon County Council has enabled us to deliver a fantastic new school that will actively serve the local community for generations to come.”

Headteacher, Owen Wilder, said:

“It is a rare privilege to start a school from scratch and I am excited by the opportunities we have to serve the community.”

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