Planned new free school for Altrincham could open its doors as soon as September 2015

Messenger Newspapers: Planned new free school for Altrincham could open its doors as soon as September 2015 Planned new free school for Altrincham could open its doors as soon as September 2015

A NEW primary school sponsored by Altrincham Grammar School for Girls may soon be opening its doors in Altrincham.
 

Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET), which is sponsored by Altrincham Girls and has five other member schools, plans to open ‘The Bright Futures Primary Academy’ as soon as September 2015.
 

An application is yet to go before Trafford Council’s planning committee, but council leader, Sean Anstee, has expressed his support for the scheme.
 

BFET have described the curriculum of the proposed free school as: “Thematic, using associative learning principles, but have a strong emphasis on teaching core skills in English, Maths, Science and IT, with the pupils put at the heart of their own learning.”
 

The site of the free school is yet to be announced, but it is planned to be within the Altrincham area and set to provide places for 420 pupils.


As covered in Messenger last week, Bowdon C of E Primary plans to demolish its existing building and replace it with a two-storey building providing places for 630 pupils.


Some readers have questioned the need for two new primary schools, but Cllr Anstee said the two facilities can ‘complement’ each other.


Leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Sean Anstee, said: “I welcome the proposal for a Bright Futures Free School and the quality that will undoubtedly be added to Trafford's local primary school provision.
 

“The proposed new academy will complement the expansion of Bowdon CE Primary School and the council continues to work with all parties to overcome concerns raised with that particular planning application.”


A spokesman for Bright Futures said: “Bright Future Educational Trust has submitted a proposal to open a new primary school via the Department for Education free school programme.
 

“As a high performing multi-academy trust we believe that we have the vision and expertise to create an outstanding primary school within the Altrincham area.
 

“If our proposal is successful this co-educational school will provide parents with greater choice as well as providing the necessary additional places to cope with the increased numbers of primary aged children over the coming years.”
 

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10:11am Thu 22 May 14

Diane Robison says...

Wish they would make another high school in the Alty area. My daughter has to go to Lymm High in Sept. People tell me it's a good school but it's massive and as we live in Trafford, albeit very near the Warrington border, it is our nearest high school. Broadoak sounds like a good school too but opted to choose Lymm as her classmates are going there and it's on the bus route for her independence. I would have liked her to go to school in the town centre for social reasons though. Oh well. We can't all have everything we want and at least the Lymm High (girl's) uniform is really nice!
Wish they would make another high school in the Alty area. My daughter has to go to Lymm High in Sept. People tell me it's a good school but it's massive and as we live in Trafford, albeit very near the Warrington border, it is our nearest high school. Broadoak sounds like a good school too but opted to choose Lymm as her classmates are going there and it's on the bus route for her independence. I would have liked her to go to school in the town centre for social reasons though. Oh well. We can't all have everything we want and at least the Lymm High (girl's) uniform is really nice! Diane Robison
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10:19am Thu 22 May 14

Diane Robison says...

"...increased numbers of primary aged children over the coming years.”

Which also means an increased number of high school pupils too!
"...increased numbers of primary aged children over the coming years.” Which also means an increased number of high school pupils too! Diane Robison
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9:00pm Thu 22 May 14

Andy Orrell says...

Totally agree Diane, and with the Alty Boys and Girls Grammar schools seeking more and more pupils from out of the Trafford area, the need for more Senior school places is already desperate.
Totally agree Diane, and with the Alty Boys and Girls Grammar schools seeking more and more pupils from out of the Trafford area, the need for more Senior school places is already desperate. Andy Orrell
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9:41pm Thu 22 May 14

Diane Robison says...

Well I know I shouldn't moan too much about Lymm High, it is supposed to be a good school but the size puts me off a bit. And though I didn't want to say it, the Grammar schools take children from Lymm (Warrington Borough) but living here in Warburton (Trafford but a Lymm postcode), we could no longer qualify for Wellington since it became an academy and only accepts children within WA14 and WA15. Before it became an academy we did qualify, though daughter going to school with her schoolmates from Lymm so I shouldn't moan too much. It does nark a bit though when Trafford is one of the minority that kept grammar schools but seeks children from out of the borough.. Daughter would have struggled a bit with 11 plus but would have put her in for it if I thought she had a chance. State Grammar schools do give children from poorer families a chance. Will children from Lymm area be trying to get in to the new school then?
Well I know I shouldn't moan too much about Lymm High, it is supposed to be a good school but the size puts me off a bit. And though I didn't want to say it, the Grammar schools take children from Lymm (Warrington Borough) but living here in Warburton (Trafford but a Lymm postcode), we could no longer qualify for Wellington since it became an academy and only accepts children within WA14 and WA15. Before it became an academy we did qualify, though daughter going to school with her schoolmates from Lymm so I shouldn't moan too much. It does nark a bit though when Trafford is one of the minority that kept grammar schools but seeks children from out of the borough.. Daughter would have struggled a bit with 11 plus but would have put her in for it if I thought she had a chance. State Grammar schools do give children from poorer families a chance. Will children from Lymm area be trying to get in to the new school then? Diane Robison
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9:42pm Thu 22 May 14

Diane Robison says...

...as a feeder for the Grammars.
...as a feeder for the Grammars. Diane Robison
  • Score: -7

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