Two new schools could open in city

Two new schools could be set to open in Peterborough, helping to meet the city’s growing need for pupil places.

As part of the government’s Wave 13 scheme to create new free schools across the country, funding has been approved for Manor Drive Academy at Paston Reserve.

Peterborough City Council, working in conjunction with the 4Cs academy trust, bid for funding for the school which was approved last week by the Department for Education (DfE).

Only 18 per cent of applications as part of the Wave 13 initiative were successful and it is hoped that the new school will open in 2022.

Detailed plans for the school have yet to be compiled but a site has been earmarked in Manor Drive. The school is planned to have spaces for 900 11 to 16-year-old pupils, with six forms of entry and 180 pupils in each year group.

Meanwhile, the DfE also confirmed last week that plans to open a new Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided school in the Hampton area of the city have been approved, in principle.

Peterborough City Council will start a public consultation over the proposal to open Hampton Waters Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School.

This announcement follows a bid made for the school by the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia and although the proposal is still at an early stage, it is hoped the school could also be open by 2022.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for children's services, education, skills and the university, said:“Peterborough is the fifth fastest growing city in the UK, so our challenge to find new school places for pupils is an urgent and ongoing one.

“We’re delighted to get the go-ahead for the Manor Drive Academy at Paston Reserve and will now press ahead with drawing up plans. Not only will this school help to alleviate demand for places in this area, but it has also saved the council £25million.

“The proposal for Hampton Waters is an early stage and we will be consulting with residents before any final decision is made.”

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