Bourne Abbey promise new Elsea Park school will be ‘outstanding’

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy headteacher Cherry Edwards and  chair of governors John Kirkman.'Photo: MSMP250613-027ow
Bourne Abbey Primary Academy headteacher Cherry Edwards and chair of governors John Kirkman.'Photo: MSMP250613-027ow
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Staff and governors at a primary academy chosen to run a new school in Bourne say they are aiming to make it outstanding.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy has been selected by Lincolnshire County Council education committee to run the new school, due to be built on the Elsea Park estate.

The new £2.5m school will be called Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy and is due to open in September next year to one form of 30 pupils.

This week Bourne Abbey headteacher Cherry Edwards and governors’ chairman John Kirkman outlined their vision. As Bourne Abbey has been declared outstanding in its last two Ofsted inspections, that is what they want for the new school as well.

Mrs Edwards said: “Everyone in the community of Bourne Abbey are working together to make it a fantastic school.

“We think this school can be at the heart of the community of Bourne bringing everyone together.”

Mr Kirkman added: “It will be a clone of Bourne Abbey in so much as it will produce outstanding education, of that we have no doubt. But it will be a unique school in its own right.

“I think the fact we are already in Bourne is important because we can bring our knowledge to the new school and continue to develop strong relationships in the community.”

The new school will have seven classrooms and will eventually provide 210 places.

Bourne Abbey still needs to cross the final hurdle and be approved by the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove but Mrs Edwards said everyone at Bourne Abbey was excited the plans were finally coming to fruition.

Mrs Edwards is keen the school will be accessible for everyone in the community.

The school will have all-weather artificial playing surface with discreet floodlights, a suggestion by pupils on Bourne Abbey’s school council which has been consulted on the proposals.

There will also be an ICT suite, laptops and iPads for pupils to use.

Some school facilities, including the hall, will be available for the public to use.

Mrs Edwards said: “The school will be for community use and we are going to make sure the design incorporates that, including an artificial pitch which the pupils here are all very keen the new school should have, while of course being sensitive to the needs of people living around the school.”

A planning application has been submitted and Mrs Edwards and Mr Kirkman are expecting it to be decided by Lincolnshire County Council in July. If the plans are approved, work is expected to start on site in August.

Mrs Edwards hopes the school will be ready to show to prospective parents by Easter.

She said: “We have got a tight timescale from the first spade going into the ground to opening the school but it is achievable.

“Very soon in September parents are going to start filling out forms to choose their school preferences so we do need to move quickly.”

The construction costs of the school will be paid for by Elsea Park developers Kier Homes as part of a legal agreement when the 2,000-home estate was given planning permission in 1999.

However, the building of the new school was put on hold because there were surplus places at Bourne Abbey and the town’s other primary Bourne Westfield. But now the council says the new school will be needed by 2015 based on growth projections and last year there were nine children who didn’t get a place in the two primary schools.

Bourne Abbey expects to receive funding from the county council to pay for equipment for the new school.

Mrs Edwards will be the executive headteacher and when there are enough classes, a head for the new school would be appointed.

Bourne Abbey and Elsea Park schools will have separate staff but will have the ability to share resources. There will be one governing body but with representatives from both schools.

Bourne Abbey is also planning to launch a website with details of the new school.