9 March 2015
Hampton Gardens, a new free school that will educate 1,500 pupils, has been given the go-ahead by the Department for Education.
The new school is set to open in September 2017 in the new Hampton Gardens development. Hampton Academies Trust, which runs the nearby Hampton College, has been appointed to manage the school. Hampton College has a strong track record of being one of the highest performing schools in the city since its opening in 2005. It is expected that the trust will soon submit a proposal to establish the school on a site to be identified.
The process of appointing an operator was jointly managed between Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. The school will serve a catchment area that includes Hampton, as well as the nearby villages of Farcet and Yaxley. It will improve choice for nearby parents after expansions at both primary schools in Hampton, the development of a primary phase for Hampton College and the early opening of the expansion of the college. Both councils have worked together to secure the funding necessary to see a new free school for Hampton.
Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for education, skills and university said: "Education is rightly one of the council's top priorities. To ensure each child in Peterborough receives the education they deserve we have been working for some time to secure a new free school for Hampton. We are very pleased to hear the Department for Education has approved these plans. The new school will provide much needed extra secondary school places for the growing community in Hampton.
"The new school is going to cost us, and Cambridgeshire County Council, about £30million. We are happy to spend the money because we are committed to investing in the best education for our children. Hopefully the DfE will now recognise we need more school places in Peterborough and help us pay for them.
"Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have already selected Hampton Academies Trust to run the new Hampton Gardens free school. We think this may be the only dual school, serving two authorities, outside London. I know both authorities are pleased Hampton Academies Trust will run the new school because they run the nearby Hampton College which is already delivering high quality education for local children."
Helen Price, executive headteacher at Hampton College, said: "Hampton Academies Trust is very excited to be part of the latest wave of free schools, announced by the Department for Education today. We look forward to securing a wonderful building for the school and delivering broader, enhanced educational opportunities for secondary aged students across the Hampton development and Yaxley areas."