DES­PER­ATELY NEEDED SCHOOL DE­LAYED

CON­CERN AS PRI­MARY WAS TO EASE PRES­SURE NEAR HUGE NEW ESTATE

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON Nuneaton Re­porter news@reach­plc.com

DE­LAYS have hit the open­ing of a much-needed new pri­mary school to serve the hun­dreds of new homes be­ing built across the north of Nuneaton.

It has been re­vealed that the new school in Lower Farm in Wed­ding­ton is un­likely to be opened in Septem­ber, as pre­vi­ously planned.

Shire Hall bosses have pointed the fin­ger of blame at the Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Fund­ing Author­ity (ESFA), which is lead­ing the project.

A spokesper­son for War­wick­shire County Coun­cil said: “The pro­vi­sional open­ing date for the school at Lower Farm, Wed­ding­ton was Septem­ber 2019. There have been de­lays in the ini­tial stages of the project be­ing run by the Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Fund­ing Author­ity (ESFA) which could im­pact on this pro­vi­sional date; fi­nal time frames are yet to be con­firmed.

“War­wick­shire County Coun­cil would be dis­ap­pointed to see a de­lay in the open­ing of the school and will be work­ing closely with the ESFA.”

It is no secret that the Wed­ding­ton and the wider north and east area of town is in a des­per­ate need for new pri­mary school places in a bid to keep up with the many new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments in the area.

Cur­rent pri­mary schools in the area are run­ning at al­most full ca­pac­ity and the new school was sup­posed to help ease the pres­sure on them.

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