New Schools Sponsorship, Sherford, Devon

Section 6A to the Education and Inspections Act 2006 places the Local Authority under a duty to seek proposals to establish an academy/free school where there is a need for a new school.

Devon is an area of growth with approximately 80,000 new homes planned over the next 15-20 years. The Education Infrastructure Plan 2013-2031 sets out the County’s strategic objectives, methodology, policies and principles for meeting the needs of Devon’s children, see

In South Hams a new Community is being established at Sherford which is likely to see growth to 5,500 dwellings by 2026 and potentially a further 1,500 dwellings post 2026. The following will be required:

420 primary places with early years provision potentially to be open by September 2016 but subject to rate of development

Devon County Council is seeking sponsors for the new provision. The Devon County Council New Schools website (which will be live from Monday, 6 July 2015) at: contains full information for potential sponsors on the new primary school for Sherford including:

Prospective Sponsors:

Expressions of Interest – by 17 July 2015

– Application – by 11 September 2015

– Specification

– Background Information

– Map including Schools within the Area

*Note: The Secretary of State will only consider a funding agreement with an approved sponsor see:


If you have views on any of the above, particularly the requirements of Proposers and what you consider the priorities for delivery of these pupil places, then please submit your comments by:

– filling in the on-line form at:

– Emailing:

– Writing to: FREEPOST RSSR-UKYT-ZTYA, Strategic Planning Children’s Services, Room AB2, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.


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