Two New Primary Schools for Paignton
Torbay Council have recently confirmed the need for two new primary schools in Paignton. Their forecasts for pupil places indicate a shortage in the near future with all the local schools, and many in Torbay, being oversubscribed. The suggested sites for the proposed schools would be one within the Paignton area and one near to Collaton St Mary with a final decision being made by the Department for Education who will be funding the project. Find out more about the proposed location. There are several reasons that have contributed to the need for more pupil places and these include: housing development, increased birth rate and the new road linking Torbay to Exeter and Newton Abbot. Specifically a development of over 500 new houses will create the need for a school in the Collaton St Mary area.
Our view is that the new schools are good news for local parents and the existing local primary schools since they will reduce the pressure on places allowing greater parental choice. Parents living close to a school or with a sibling already attending will be more likely to get their 1st choice of school in the future.
We believe that the chance to start with a blank page and create a school from scratch with the intention of it being high performing from the outset is very exciting and our current group of schools would therefore like to run the new schools as part of Coast Academies. The names for our new schools will be Harbour Primary School (Paignton) and Windmill Hill Primary (Collaton St Mary). It is planned that Harbour Primary will open from September 2018 and Windmill Hill from 2020.
Why Make Coast Academies Bigger?
Growing our trust to include more schools is a strategy firmly endorsed by our directors because we all believe that larger numbers will bring about even greater opportunities for our pupils. A bigger trust offers greater financial savings that can be passed on to the benefit of children, it allows us to share expertise between schools and it means we can provide the full range of supporting services that our children deserve. For example, employing a dedicated Educational Psychologist or Speech and Language expert. In addition, it also offers greater career progression for our staff which means that our best teachers are more likely to stay and it provides a strong feeling of support with no school standing alone.