School discussion delayed

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Discussions on who should run the new primary school planned for Bourne have been put off so new information can be considered.

Lincolnshire County Council’s children and young people’s scrutiny committee was due to discuss a recommendation that Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, in partnership with the CfBT Schools Trust, should run the new academy school planned on the Elsea Park Estate, when it met on Friday.

The discussion has now been put back to the next meeting to give councillors time to consider extra information submitted this week.

The recommendation that Westfield should run the new school was made by a panel of the council’s assistant director for children’s services, a representative from the scrutiny committee and two headteachers of Lincolnshire maintained primary schools.

The Elsea Park school will provide 210 places, 30 in each year group, which the council says will be needed in the town by 2015. It is due to open by September 2014.

The £2.5 million costs would be paid by the county council and Elsea Park developers Kier Homes as part of an agreement made when the 2,000-home estate was granted planning permission.

A date for the next meeting has not yet been set.