Friday, 22 November 2013

Sponsors Sought For New Littleport Schools

A sponsor is being sought to set up and run a new secondary and special school in Littleport.

The schools – both due to open in September 2016 – will be co-located on land north west of the town, near its indoor and outdoor leisure centre.

The secondary school will cater initially for 600 pupils aged from 11 to 16, with the potential for future expansion up to 750 pupils.

The special school on the same site will cater for 110 pupils aged from 2 to 19 with complex special educational needs.

The total cost of both schools will be about £30m, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council from a combination of Department for Education (DfE) money and contributions from developers.

The Education Act 2011 requires new schools to be promoted either as an Academy or a Free School. The County Council is therefore inviting applications from potential sponsors who wish to run and manage these two schools.

The application process starts on 29 November and ends on 10 February 2014. The County Council will then shortlist applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their proposals at a public meeting and in front of an assessment panel. The assessment panel will then recommend a preferred sponsor to the Secretary of State for Education, who makes the final decision.