Sponsor announced for Rotherham's newest school

Published Wednesday, 28th June 2017
Waverley Development
Waverley Development

A sponsor has been selected for Rotherham’s newest primary school – marking the next steps for the future of the prestigious multi-million pound Waverley development.

Aston Community Education Trust (ACET) has been appointed as the sponsor by the Regional Schools Commissioner, following the completion of the sponsor selection process for the new Waverley Primary School.

Any new school established under current Department for Education (DfE) policy has to be an academy or free school. 

It will be only the second new school built in Rotherham in the last 25 years and will form a central part of the new Waverley community, which is fast taking shape on the site of the former Orgreave Colliery.

The development is also next door to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, where a number of leading global companies, including Formula One giant McLaren, have already chosen to locate, supporting business growth and creating hundreds of jobs in the area.

The purpose built state-of-the art school for children aged up to 11, is due to open in Waverley in September 2020.

Eunice Newton, Chief Executive of ACET and a designated ‘national leader of education’, welcomed the news. She said: “All of the team are absolutely delighted to hear that the new Waverley school will be part of the ACET family and we intend it to be a flagship school for the 21st century.

“We are hugely excited to be involved with the creation of a thriving community and to establish a school from scratch.

“Our core values will be embedded at the Waverley school, as indeed they are at all ACET schools, not least that all learners will achieve and we shall leave no child behind.” 

The ACET was established in 2011 when Aston Comprehensive School converted to an academy. Aston has been one of the best performing schools in the borough of Rotherham since 2012 and its success has paved the way for the steady and sustainable growth of the Trust. Waverley Primary becomes the 10th school to join ACET.

The appointment of sponsor was made by a seven strong independent selection panel following a series of public meetings and a formal application process. Members of the panel included Councillor Gordon Watson, the Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services.

Cllr Watson added: ““We wish ACET every success as they start the process of establishing the new Primary School.

“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.”

Waverley is Yorkshire’s largest ever brownfield mixed-use development being brought forward by regeneration company Harworth Estates.

Almost 4,000 homes as well as shops, cafes, community facilities and a hotel will be built on the site. A total of 450 homes are already completed and occupied.

The development and planning of the school has already begun in line with Waverley’s outline planning consent.

The Council’s Cabinet is expected to formally ratify the new sponsor at a meeting later this year.