C.I.T. announces new school for Grantham

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C.I.T. Academies are pleased to confirm that we will be opening a brand new mainstream primary in Grantham. The new school will be built to the north west of the town within the new Poplar Farm Estate.

The Department for Education made the announcement today that Poplar Farm School has been approved to open in Grantham in September 2018. 

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This is an extremely exciting time as we have the freedom to design and deliver a new innovative curriculum, developed specifically to equip children with the skills and knowledge to provide the foundations for their futures.  

The two form entry primary school will meet the growing need for primary age places in the north west of Grantham, with much of the growing pressure for school places coming from the Poplar Farm housing development where the school is to be built. The primary will open in September 2018 with a Reception Class intake only, opening to Year 1 pupils in 2019 until opening to all year groups by 2024. 

Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T. Academies said, “The Community Inclusive Trust are delighted that their bid to open Poplar Farm School has been approved by the DfE.  As a Trust we look forward to working in partnership with the local authority and the community to provide the highest quality of education for the growing population of Grantham.” 

Toby Young, Director of New Schools Network, said, “The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous so it is a testament to the Community Inclusive Trust’s hard work that they have been approved to open.  This is the largest ever cohort of free schools to be approved, a sign of this Government’s commitment to extending the benefits of the free schools policy to all parts of the country. 

“This is a big day for free schools.  With 800 either opened or approved to open, providing 400,000 places when full, free schools are now a permanent part of England’s educational landscape.” 

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children's Services, added: 
"This is great news for parents with children in the Grantham area. It will provide much-needed extra school capacity to cater for the new housing development. With growing populations in areas around the county like Grantham, we welcome new proposals like this to add to our already impressive portfolio and range of schools and academies. We look forward to working with Poplar Farm School in providing quality education for local children and a valuable community asset for parents and residents in the town."

Parents will be able to apply for a Reception 2018 school place online through the Local Authority from 13th November 2017.


[Pictured above – planned appearances of Poplar Farm School]



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