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Funding Bid Successful For New Poole Junior School

The Department for Education (DfE) has allocated provisional funding of £3.8m to Borough of Poole for a new junior school on the Fourways site at Constitution Hill. 

With a total capacity of 360 pupils aged 7 to 11 (Years 3 to 6), the new school will help meet the growing need for Key Stage 2 places in the central Poole area, as increased numbers of children currently in Key Stage 1 move through the system.

Councillor Janet Walton, Portfolio Holder for Children & Young People, Borough of Poole, said: "It is great news that we have received this funding for the new school.  Along with an additional £1.4m funding for the linked expansion of Oakdale Junior School, it will help provide places for the expanding pupil numbers in this area."

The Education Act 2011 requires that, where a local authority identifies the need for a new school in its area, it must seek proposals to establish an academy/free school. 

Expressions of interest from potential sponsors have been received and will now be assessed alongside visits to sponsors’ existing schools, presentations and panel interviews. The panel will include three Elected Members, supported by senior officers. 

The Local Authority’s assessment of the proposals received, indicating any preference, will be submitted to the DfE by 18 October 2013, who will then confirm the sponsor and the funding allocations for the new academy by 12 December 2013.