New school open for applications

Artist's impressions of how the new Wygate Park academy primary school will look when it opens in September 2014.
Artist's impressions of how the new Wygate Park academy primary school will look when it opens in September 2014.

Parents can now apply for places for their children to start at a new primary school set to open in Spalding.

Plans for a new primary academy at the Wygate Park site are progressing well – meaning the application process can now begin to fill the reception class for September 2014.

The application process will now be open until January 13.

The primary academy will meet the demand of school places for local children.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The admissions process has opened for applications for the reception intake in September 2014, which will be the first intake for the new academy.

“Work is already progressing well on site and is on target for completion in the summer of 2014.

“We are now waiting on the Secretary of State to confirm the operator for the new academy, expected in December, having written to him with our preferred option.”

The proposal is to build a one form of entry primary academy to include sporting facilities and modern learning spaces.

The academy will open in September 2014, initially with a reception class of 30 children.

Successive reception intakes will be admitted in subsequent years until the academy is fully open in September 2020, offering 210 places.

Current legislation means that the new primary school must open as an academy.

The building project will be managed by the county council in partnership with Mouchel.

The site was provided by Kier Homes in negotiation with South Holland District Council and involves a substantial part of the funding coming from local developers.

Local firm Langwith Builders is working on behalf of the county council to construct the academy which will be in the heart of the Wygate Park community.