Sherford New Primary School

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has agreed the revocation of the appointment of Red Tree LLP as sponsors of the first primary school in the Sherford new community.  The decision was made following the Department for Education’s legal advice that the academy presumption should apply (where a Local Authority thinks there is a need for a new school in its area, it must seek proposals to establish an academy/free school under new legislation).  In addition, Cabinet took into account the length of time since the original competition to seek sponsors for the new school, the need for a number of modifications to be undertaken as well as the change to education legislation.


Dependent on the rates of house building, the statutory process for seeking prospective sponsors under the academy/free school presumption for the new school could commence in April 2015 with a view to the school being open from September 2016.


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