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Sponsor for new primary school announced

The sponsor will run a school being built in New Lubbesthorpe

An artist's impression of New Lubbesthorpe primary school, which has been designed by GSS Architecture

An academy sponsor has been selected to run a new primary school being built in New Lubbesthorpe.

The Owls (Oadby, Wigston and Leicestershire Schools) Academy Trust has been approved as sponsor by the Secretary of State for Education.

The new 420 pupil school is being built to provide school places arising from the building of 4,250 new homes in New Lubbesthorpe, on land between Leicester Forest East and Enderby.

Two more schools, another primary and a secondary, will be built in future years as the development takes shape.

 

We are delighted that the OWLS Academy Trust will be sponsoring the school.

We considered a number of things when recommending a sponsor including a desire to drive up performance and standards of excellence, help build a strong community and provide an inclusive learning environment.

OWLS Academy Trust already runs five primary schools in the county. It has a great track record in supporting and raising standards in schools in Leicestershire, and we are confident it will continue to do so in New Lubbesthorpe.

Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families
 

Peter Merry, CEO of OWLS Trust, said: “We feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to open a new primary school in Lubbesthorpe.”

Jonathan Tedds, Chair of Trustees added: “We are delighted to have the chance to bring our proven experience and expertise to this exciting project. We want to build the school with the right educational foundations and develop it with the new community of Lubbesthorpe as it grows.”  

The £7m state-of-the-art school is being built on Tay Road and is due to open in September 2019. It is being directly funded by the landowners, the Drummond Estate, as part of section 106 planning obligations arising from the new housing development.

The Drummond Estate obtained planning permission for the school from Blaby District Council earlier this year.

John Richardson, strategic director at Blaby District Council, said: “We are extremely pleased to see that the Primary School at New Lubbesthorpe is progressing. This shows that the infrastructure promised at the time the outline planning permission was granted is being delivered.

“This will continue to make New Lubbesthorpe a highly desirable and sustainable development. We look forward to working closely and in partnership with the OWLS Academy Trust in due course.”

The school will be transferred to county council ownership on completion and will be leased to the academy sponsor.

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