New primary school for Rotherham

Published Wednesday, 29th June 2016
Waverley Development
Waverley Development

A brand new primary school is to be built in Rotherham.

A brand new primary school is set to be built in Rotherham – only the second one to be built in the borough in the last 25 years.

The school will be built at Waverley – Yorkshire’s largest ever brownfield mixed-use development being brought forward by regeneration company Harworth Estates.

With 450 homes having already been built and occupied at the development, planning of the school has now begun in line with Waverley’s outline planning consent. The scheme, which sits next to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, has planning consent for up to 4,000 homes, shops, cafes, community facilities and a hotel, as well as the school.

Deputy Council Leader Cllr Gordon Watson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “The Waverley project is a crucial development for the borough and symbolises the confidence in the future regeneration of this part of Rotherham. The addition of this primary school will not only meet the needs for the surrounding community, but will also be a great opportunity to create a school with the newest and best facilities, particularly in close proximity to the our world class manufacturing facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, which we hope to make the most of.”

He added building the school would form part of the Council’s duty to ensure there are enough school places in the area, including being able to satisfy parental preference when applying for primary schools.

The Council’s Cabinet is recommended to approve the commencement of procedures to establish the new school at its meeting on July 11.

A series of public consultation events will begin from September onwards, should this move be agreed, with the aim of having a new state–of-the-art primary school built and ready for use by 2020.

The first stage will be to start the process to appoint a sponsor starting in September. Any new school established under current Department for Education (DfE) policy has to be an academy or free school.

Rotherham Council will work with the DfE, elected ward members, representation from school governance, residents of Waverley, Harworth Estates, local businesses and other relevant stakeholders to get the best sponsor possible for the school.