Medway Council is inviting potential providers to submit their applications to establish and operate a new primary academy in Chatham.
Residents are also being asked for their views on the proposals for the new primary school based on the former Chatham South site on Letchworth Avenue, Chatham.
Proposals for the new primary provision were given the go ahead by Medway Council’s Cabinet last month and in accordance with the Education Act 2011, the council is now inviting potential providers for the academy to come forward with their proposals.
The primary will cater for up to 630 children aged 3 to 11, and be open by September 2014, in order to cater for a forecasted rise in the number of primary school places needed in Chatham over the next five years.
Like most of the south east’s 18 authorities, Medway is expecting to see an increase in primary school admissions over the next five years. This is expected to be particularly high in Chatham, with a 22 per cent rise in the number of school places needed by 2016.
Following approval from cabinet, the council has formally notified the DfE of plans to establish the new primary and is now asking providers to submit their applications to run the academy, in line with the 2011 Education Act, which states that local authorities should seek to establish any new school provision as a free school or academy.
Interested parties should submit proposals setting out their vision for the academy by 9am on Monday, 24 September.
Proposals will be considered against a range of criteria, including the educational plan being put forward, the capability and expertise of the provider and value for money – ensuring the provider will be able to make the best use of available budgets.
The council will then submit the proposals to the Department for Education, with a recommendation for the preferred option. The final decision on the confirmed provider will be made by the Secretary of State and is expected in December 2012.
A full document outlining the details behind the proposals and potential timeline for the work can be found online on Medway Council’s website.
The estimated cost of converting the buildings into the new primary is £3.6million, although this is subject to more detailed design work, which is currently underway, and the announcement of future funding allocations from central government.
General comments on the proposals can also be sent by letter to prim.reorg@medway.gov.uk by Monday, 24 September.

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