The Castle Partnership Primary School Trust which was due to open the new primary school serving the Longforth Farm estate in Wellington in September 2019 has announced that the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School will not be ready for its first intake of pupils from the estate until September 2020.
The trust’s business manager, Alison Crudington, said: “The school will be built on the Longforth Farm development on a site which has been set aside from the outset, using central government capital funding rather than Somerset’s capital funding. It will be a 14 class primary school with a nursery.
“It was originally planned to open in September 2019 but delays have meant that this will now open in September 2020.
“It will initially open for reception age children and the nursery only. These reception children will move into Year 1 in September 2021 and a new cohort of reception children would then start.
“While we are disappointed that this has taken longer than we had expected, we are delighted that all the issues appear to be resolved and we are now looking forward to seeing the development of the site begin.”
The trust manages The Castle School in Taunton and Wellesley Park Primary School in Wellington.
Somerset County Council is now planning to increase the number of reception places at St John’s C of E Primary School for children from Longforth Farm who are due to start school started in September 2019.
A spokesman said: “Having been informed of the delay we are planning to put an additional classroom at St John’s Primary School.
“This will be funded by education contributions from the housing developers and mean that there is an extra reception class in Wellington by September 2019 to meet local demand.
“This is still subject to approval by the council and would be funded from developer section 106 money.”
A spokesman for the Department of Education said no official opening date had been set but it’s hoped one will be agreed shortly.
In September 2018 St John’s C of E Primary School was oversubscribed. 52 applicants had made it their first choice. The school had 25 places available and was granted 27.