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Views sought on plans to bring schools together in new Waterside primary

Published on Monday, November 27, 2017

A consultation has been launched on plans to bring together two city primary schools and transfer teaching to a new larger site in Leicester’s Waterside area.

Leicester City Council is planning to build a new £13milllion, 900-place primary on land it owns near the junction of Fosse Road North and Groby Road.

As part of plans for the new school, the council is proposing to bring together Fosse and Slater primary schools which currently serve around 500 pupils in the Frog Island area of the city.

The new Waterside Primary School will help create up to 400 new pupil places helping to meet growing demand for school places in this part of the city.

Although Fosse and Slater primary schools will effectively transfer into the new Waterside Primary School, the legal framework governing school organisation will require one school to close while the other expands.

A statutory consultation has been launched today (27 Nov) to help determine this formal arrangement.

A number of meetings for parents and the wider community will be held. Confirmed meetings are as follows:

  • Slater Primary School – Thursday 7 December from 2pm

  • Fosse Primary School – Thursday 7 December, from 3.30pm

  • Woodgate Resource Centre – Thursday 11 January, from 3.15pm until 6.15pm

The consultation – which is available online at www.leicester.gov.uk/consultations – will run until 28 January 2018.

It is hoped the new school will be open in time for the 2019/20 academic year.

While neither school will continue in its current form, plans are being developed for the £1m refurbishment of the existing Fosse Primary School site. This will provide extended early years provision and the foundation stage for the new Waterside Primary School.

Cllr Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor and executive lead on children, young people and schools, said: “The opportunity to build a new school in the city is really exciting and will provide a long-term solution to the growing demand for primary school places in this part of the city.

“We are working very closely with Fosse and Slater schools to help ensure that the process of transferring the schools onto their new site is a positive experience for staff, parents and pupils.”

The new Waterside Primary School will be funded through the council’s Basic Need allocation. This is cash provided by the Department for Education to help councils meet their statutory obligation to ensure that every child has access to a school place.

In total, around £100million is set to be invested in creating thousands of new primary and secondary school places over the next three years.