Ben Howlett, Member of Parliament for Bath, has welcomed the news in Parliament that a new primary school in Bath has been approved to open later this year.
Speaking in the chamber, Ben said: “Will the minister join me in welcoming the news that Comenius Trust has been selected to build a new primary school at Ensleigh in Bath, helping to plug the growing hole in primary school places in our ever popular city for young families?”
Speaking in response Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, said: “I join the Member in welcoming the news. It is good to hear the positive news about school places.
“Too often there is a lot of scare mongering around places. It is good to see that there is some positive news and I welcome it.”
Upon leaving the Chamber, Ben commented: “I am delighted that the Minister joined me in welcoming a new addition to Bath’s primary schools.
“Bath currently suffers from an under-supply of primary places, particularly in the north of the city, and a new academy at Ensleigh will definitely play a big part in increasing them.
“It is well known that excellent primary schools are integral to a child’s education. Reducing class sizes and increasing parental choice are key parts of driving up primary school standards.
“During the election I pledged to Boost Bath’s Talent and this is a fantastic step in the right direction.”
The new academy will be run by the Comenius Trust, a new Academy Trust established by Weston All Saints Primary School (WASPS).
WASPS Headteacher, Dr. Anne Bull OBE, said: “We are obviously delighted with the news that we have approval for a new academy at Ensleigh.
“We are really excited and looking forward its opening in September 2017.”