Sponsors sought for new Okehampton primary school

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Posted on: 6 July 2017

A new primary school is set to be built in Okehampton.

Devon County Council is advertising for a sponsor to run the new school which will initially be able to accommodate 210 children from two to 11 but have the capacity to grow to 420 places.

Government rules mean that most new schools have to be academies but Devon County Council is still responsible for providing the land and meeting the building costs which are estimated at around £5 million. It will then recoup the costs from current and future development.

The county council’s ruling Cabinet will discuss the selection process for the new academy sponsor at its meeting on July 12.

The school will be built on land, which has been forward funded by Devon County Council, to the north of Crediton Road where nearly 800 homes are planned.

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

“A new school is urgently needed for the fast-growing town of Okehampton.

“We need to get on with this without delay so that the new school can welcome its first children in September 2018.

“The existing primary school in Okehampton is at capacity and our forecasts show increasing numbers of pupils over the next few years.

“We need to start this process now so that parents choosing a school for September 2018 know who the new sponsor is and can make an informed choice for their application.”

Expressions of interest have to be submitted by July 19 with the deadline for applications on September 15.

Local county councillor Kevin Ball said:

“I am pleased things are now progressing.

“As Councillor McInnes has said, a second primary school is needed to serve the growing community.

“The position within the hamlets makes sense as the majority of the development is there.

“I look forward to the progression of the project with a suitable party chosen to run the school.”

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