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.”