New schools planned at Cavendish site


A nursery and primary school look set to open at Cavendish in Eldon Road.

The pre-school and two form primary could open as early as next year and would make it the first all-through school in the area in a bid to meet the lack of primary school places in the town.

Governors at Cavendish School voted unanimously this week to press ahead with the plans and an application is now being drawn up to go before the Educational Funding Agency to add the nursery and primary school.

Cavendish headteacher Kenny Fitzpatrick said he was delighted with the decision and said, “I believe an all-through school will have significant benefits for current and future Cavendish students.

“First and foremost, children will have the opportunity to complete their educational journey from nursery to GCSE without needing to change schools. Research suggests that the consistency and continuity of teaching and pastoral care, along with a better knowledge and understanding of the child’s individual needs, usually means students aim higher and achieve better results. In addition to a seamless transition between educational phases, the Cavendish all-through school will offer a supportive community where young people learn the personal, social and academic skills that they need for life.”

Mr Fitzpatrick said all the feedback from a lengthy consultation with the community, students and parents, had been carefully considered and architects are now revising their initial plans to develop the existing school building to accommodate a two-form primary school and a nursery.

He said, “The plans will allow for children of all ages to have on site access to sports, dance, drama and specialised teaching areas like art rooms, ICT suites and science labs. Many of these will be upgraded, and the children will be able to enjoy better sports, ICT and catering facilities.”

A meeting is being held at the school on Wednesday September 17 when there will be formal presentations from the architects and the local authority and an opportunity for people to ask questions and share their comments. Sessions are at 4.30pm, 5.45pm and 7pm.