More than 600 new places for Bexley pupils as new primary school approved

PUBLISHED: 09:51 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:14 08 February 2016

Students in a classroom

Students in a classroom


It aims to be open in 2017

A new free school in Bexley could cater for up to 630 pupils, after the government approved a new primary school in the borough.

Lime Wood Free School was proposed by the Woodland Academy Trust, which already runs two primary schools in Erith and another in Thamesmead.

Aiming to open in September 2017, it will take in 90 children in its Reception year group, increasing its capacity to 630 pupils aged 5-11 years.

Angela Barry, executive principal from the trust said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to open Lime Wood Free School as part of our trust family of Northumberland Heath, Peareswood and Willow Bank Primary Schools.

“The trust is passionate about serving the children and their families in Bexley by ensuring outstanding provision and outstanding outcomes for every child within this community.

“This new free school will support the need for places generated by housing development planned for the Borough of Bexley and will reflect the aspirations we have for all of our schools and will offer another avenue of choice for parents and pupils.

“The trust values parents’ involvement and support in their children’s learning and this has been a success in all of our schools and will continue within Lime Wood.

“We strongly believe each child’s success is enhanced when they are able to build on their classroom learning at home.

“We very much look forward to embarking on this exciting journey with our governing body, dedicated staff, our supportive parents and the local community for the benefit of the local children and their families.”

The primary school’s curriculum is intended to have a strong environmental focus, as it aims to motivate Bexley’s children to succeed.

Nick Timothy, Director of New Schools Network, said: “The application process to set up a free school is incredibly rigorous so it is a testament to the hard work of the Woodland Academy Trust that they have been approved to open.

“This latest announcement means the total number of free schools open or approved to open has now exceeded 440, which marks an incredible milestone.

“Free schools are proving increasingly popular with parents and are providing good new school places for their local communities.”

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