Free School – consultation

1Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) intends to apply to open a new primary school in North End, Yatton from 2020. LSP is a large and successful multi-academy trust serving the communities of North Somerset.  We consist of a total of 16 schools (13 primary phase and three secondary). Our existing schools are:

  • High Down Infant School
  • High Down Junior School
  • Portishead Primary School
  • St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
  • St Peter’s Church of England Primary School
  • Northleaze Church of England Primary School
  • The Federation of West Leigh Infant and Backwell Juniors
  • The Whiteoak Academies of Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors
  • Wraxall Church of England Primary School
  • Yatton Infants and Yatton Juniors
  • Backwell School
  • Chew Valley School
  • Gordano School

Should LSP be appointed as the provider of this new school, our intention is that the school will have three core values:

Relationships, Partnership and Achievement

Relationships

We believe that children learn best when they feel happy, safe and secure. Children will learn both emotionally and socially as they mature and develop the key skills of friendship. We recognise that this can be a bumpy road and therefore have clear rules, a behaviour policy and anti-bullying policies to support children. The school curriculum will be values-based with a ‘focus value’ promoted and celebrated across the school each month.

Partnership

Learning is far more effective when it is collaborative. Children will have a variety of opportunities to work individually, in pairs and groups and with other classes. The school will work with parents and carers so that they are informed of their child’s progress and will be able to support home learning. In turn, the school will expect that parents support school policies, ensure children have the highest possible school attendance, help with homework and reading at home and ensure that children wear smart school uniform. The school will be part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, and will work with other expert school leaders and teachers across the multi-academy trust to enhance provision.

Achievement

The new school will benefit from the high expectations and challenge of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership. We shall strive for the best academic results and school staff will work to ensure that each child makes as much progress as possible. In addition to a strong emphasis on key subjects such Maths, English and Science, our pupils will learn about their local and global environments, about our past and they will prepare for their futures. All aspects of our curriculum will be founded on strong ethical and moral bases. We shall work hard to ensure that children are given a wide range of opportunities through which they can shine. The school will ensure that all children take part in yearly performances, share learning outcomes through exhibitions and take part in music and sports events. The school year will end with an excellence week for all pupils in order to enrich the curriculum and celebrate high standards.

The New School

Significant new residential developments are underway at North End, Yatton with planning permission for 482 homes and a further 108 under consideration. The Council’s forecasts indicate that the demand for primary school places will exceed the supply of existing provision within the villages of Yatton and Claverham by 121 pupils in 2021. The new school will initially have places for 210 pupils which will increase to 420 as demand dictates. The school site will be located on the north-western edge of the village of Yatton and will be a 10-minute walk away from Yatton train station.  Information from North Somerset’s competition can be found here.

If we are successful with our bid, the school will be co-educational and will have no religious affiliation. Most places will be allocated according to straight-line distance from the school gate, thereby ensuring the school serves local families. The school will not take pupils already at existing primary schools as it will start with reception age children and grow year group by year group.

If Lighthouse Schools Partnership is chosen as the sponsor for the new school, we shall be able to work very closely with the existing local providers (Yatton Schools (Primary phase) and Backwell School (11-18)) to ensure that the new school fits harmoniously into the community.

We feel that there are real advantages for a new school in being part of a locally-based trust with significant capacity.  We have our own HR and Finance teams and employ or retain our own experts in School Improvement, Special Educational Needs and Educational Welfare.  All our academies work with our Teaching Schools to deliver a vibrant and current programme of professional development for our staff.  We also have a trust-wide governance development programme.  In short, we feel that we have an environment in which a new school would be able to thrive and perform from day one.

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We want to hear your views on our proposal. Whether you are a parent, carer or teacher, live or work locally or have an interest in education, we want to know what you think.

We have planned a public consultation meeting which will take place at Yatton Schools on Thursday 19th July at 6pm.  The meeting will last for about 45 minutes and we shall be presenting our concept for the new school and seeking the feedback of the community in Yatton and Kingston Seymour.  The slides are available here.

Please complete our online questionnaire here. You can also email us on LSPenquiries@lsp.org.uk.

If you would be willing to share your contact details to stay in touch, please use the form here.

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