WELCOME TO THE LANGLEY ACADEMY PRIMARY
WELCOME TO THE LANGLEY ACADEMY PRIMARY
A new school in Langley is almost ‘ready to roll’ as it prepares to open its doors to pupils at the end of the summer.
The Langley Academy Primary was one of the successful free school proposals announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove last year.
New headteacher, Tracey Bowen, is due to officially take up her role in September, joining the first intake of 90 pupils.
Progress for the new venture is gathering pace, with a funding agreement now signed and design plans for the new school building at an advanced stage.
“We have been really impressed with pupil numbers and the number of parents that have selected Langley Primary Academy,” said Mrs Bowen.
“I am absolutely really looking forward to providing an outstanding education for children in Langley.”
The new, ‘all through’ primary school is set to be built on the grounds of the existing Langley Academy site, in Langley Road.
A planning application for the new building is expected to be submitted to Slough Borough Council next month and, subject to approval, building work could be completed by June 2016.
In the meantime, three new modular classrooms, which will include a hall facility, will be in place for the first batch of pupils.
“I am personally not worried about the building side, it looks like hopefully it will fall in our favour and we will be ready to roll,” said Mrs Bowen, a former deputy head at Lynch Hill School.
“For me I am really positive and enthusiastic about it all.”
The new school is set to grow each year, admitting 90 children in each year group until reaching its capacity of 630 children in 2021.
Mrs Bowen said she hopes the new academy would have benefits for both Slough and Langley.
“I know that good quality education is needed in Slough,” she added.
“We are delivering a school that is matching people’s needs and expectations.”
The Langley Academy Primary is not the only new school gearing up for the start of a new term.
The SASH 2 will open its doors in 2016 and will eventually cater for 1,940 pupils, including a sixth form of 200 places.
The Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy is also due to open in September which will provide places for 1,140 pupils aged 11 to 19.
A new primary free school has been given the go ahead in Langley.
The Langley Primary Academy was one of the successful free school proposals announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove today.
The primary school for 630 pupils will help meet the pressing need for new school places in the borough.
The curriculum will focus on 'promoting curiosity, exploration, and discovery' to help prepare pupils for entry into Langley Academy, the secondary school in Langley Road.
A new building for the free school will be built 'near or adjacent to' the secondary school in Langley Road.
Mr Gove said: "I am delighted with the quality of the proposals we have received."
AN ACADEMY has announced plans to take a primary school under its wing to form a multi-academy trust and bring 'outstanding education to the heart of the community’.
The Langley Academy got the green light in January from education secretary Micheal Gove for 630-pupil school The Langley Primary Academy, with plans to build it on its Langley Road site.
This week the academy has unveiled plans to create a multi-academy trust (MAT) including the two schools and Parlaunt Park Primary School, which it plans to sponsor for academy status in September. Parlaunt Park came under-fire last year when a damning audit by council contractors exposed inadequate financial controls, and parents demanded answers after the headteacher was suspended and the chair of governors 'stepped aside’.
Rhodri Bryant, The Langley Academy principal, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for The Langley Academy, a very successful school which is heavily oversubscribed, to play a larger part in shaping the educational landscape of Slough.
“We believe education should be holistic and our ethos of 'Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery’ which underpins our museum learning focus is part of what makes us successful. Providing children with opportunities that they might not receive otherwise is a part of what we do.”
A letter was sent out to parents on Monday (24) encouraging them to have their say on the plans. An information evening was also held on Wednesday (26).
Annabel Nicoll, trustee of The Arbib Foundation, which sponsors The Langley Academy Trust, said: “With the development of The Langley Academy Primary and our proposed sponsorship of Parlaunt Park Primary School, we will be able to bring an outstanding education to more children in Langley and allow the trust to cement its role in the heart of the local community.”
Parents have until May 2 to have their say on the MAT plans. For more information, visit www.langleyacademy.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Langley Academy Primary is scheduled to open in September 2015, and a formal consultation will be launched in the 'coming weeks’.
It would accept 90 pupils in the first year, working to full capacity by 2021. Plans, revealed by The Observer in August last year, also include a nursery school for 90 youngsters.