The Department for Education has announced that a new Church of England primary academy has been approved to open in Paignton. This new primary academy is being set up by the Learning Academy Partnership, in partnership with the Diocese. The Learning Academy Partnership is an established Multi Academy Trust that currently operates seven successful local academies.
The new academy will have a distinctive Christian ethos and will serve all children in the local community, welcoming those of all faiths and those of none.
The plans submitted by the Learning Academy Partnership, will address the shortage of school places identified by Torbay Council and the increasing need for high quality school places in the region by providing excellent education opportunities for all children within their local communities. This new primary academy will be a one form entry with a nursery for children from the age of 3 – 11.
Lynn Atkinson, Chief Executive of The Learning Academy Partnership said:
“This is a very exciting time for education in Torbay. I would especially like to thank local parents as we have been overwhelmed by their support to establish a Learning Academy Partnership academy and an additional Church of England academy for Paignton. We are delighted, therefore, to be given the green light to open a new academy for Paignton families by the Department for Education.
We passionately believe that every young person should have an entitlement to a happy, outstanding education, taught by excellent teachers, enjoying an inspirational curriculum that challenges potential. A place where children’s unique talents are nurtured, where expectations are exceeded, children flourish and life chances are transformed.
We know that this can be best achieved by working together, across our academies, with parents, our communities, the Diocese and with our secondary school partners.
Together we can empower excellence and enrich communities so that more and more young people’s life chances are improved.”
John Searson, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Exeter said:
‘I am delighted that the children, families and local community will now have the offer of a high quality Church of England Primary Academy available to them. Church of England schools serve the whole community irrespective of personal faith. The Learning Academy Partnership provides educational opportunities that are already transforming lives and I have every confidence that this new free school will thrive under their aspirational leadership.’
Andy Dempsey, Director of Children’s Services of Torbay Local Authority said:
“This announcement offers a fantastic opportunity to develop a new school for the Paignton community. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Learning Academy Partnership (South West) to help bring forward high quality provision for our children. The positive decision by the Department for Education is a clear endorsement of the work undertaken by the council and local educational providers to identify the need for new places within this locality.”
Toby Young, Director of New Schools Network said:
“The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous so it is a testament to the Learning Academy Partnership’s hard work that they have been approved to open. This is the largest ever cohort of free schools to be approved, a sign of this Government’s commitment to extending the benefits of the free schools policy to all parts of the country.
This is a big day for free schools. With 800 either opened or approved to open, providing 400,000 places when full, free schools are now a permanent part of England’s educational landscape.”