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Paignton's New Primary School

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A New Primary School for Paignton

The Department for Education has announced that Windmill Hill Primary School has been approved to open in Torbay.

The new primary school, which is being set up by Coast Academies will be located on the western side of the Brixham Road (the A3022) in the area of the new White Rock housing developments. 

Find out more about Windmill Hill Primary School.

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 we are delighted that Coast Academies will be planning and running the new school.   

Forecasts for pupil places indicate a shortage in the near future with all the local schools, and many in Torbay, being oversubscribed.   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.  

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.

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.  The trust has recently agreed to merge with Connect Trust to archive the benefits listed above.