Work starts on first Primary School for Sherford

Posted on: 4 October 2017

Building work has started on the first primary school at Sherford.

The work on Sherford Vale marks a major milestone in the creation of the new town for Plymouth and the South Hams.

Devon County Council leader John Hart met colleagues from Plymouth City and South Hams District Councils along with the consortium behind the project to celebrate the occasion this week.

The new school is being funded and constructed by the Sherford Consortium – the partnership of award-winning homebuilders, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey – with £1m being pledged by Devon County Council.

There will be 420 places available for children between the ages of two and 11 at Sherford Vale. It’s the first of three planned primary schools for the new town.

Applications for places can be made on the Devon County Council website from November 2017 and the school is scheduled to open in September 2018.

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

“We often hear of big housing developments being built with no community facilities.

“We think it is vital that the facilities are developed as early as possible alongside the new homes so that people can feel they are part of the community from the very start.

“Devon County Council is putting its money where its mouth is and providing £1 million towards the new school. And it won’t just be for the youngest residents of Sherford. We are very keen that the extensive facilities that will be available for the pupils will also be open to the wider community so everyone can feel they have a stake in the new school as it grows and develops.”

Sherford Vale’s new head, Helen Tipping, said:

“I am delighted to be the headteacher of Sherford Vale School and I am excited to be working with the governing board, to build an outstanding school at the heart of the new community.

“Our vision is for academic excellence and success for all children delivered through an exciting curriculum. We want children to ask questions and find solutions; make full use of the great outdoors including physical and sporting opportunities and to grow into confident young people in the community.

Interested parents should visit the school website at

South Hams District Council’s lead member for Sherford, Michael Hicks, said:

“When the masterplan for Sherford was first developed and eventually granted planning permission, the need for the school to be built early was a top priority for us.

“We have always believed that the building of the school along with other community facilities would be fundamental to the development of the town, promoting Sherford from a collection of new houses to a proper community.”

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, Terri Beer, said:

“The Sherford development provides much-needed new homes and all the partners involved in this new town have been very keen to make sure that there is the right infrastructure – and that includes schools – to create great communities and great places to live.”

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