New school to open at South School site

Although a new build for Finberry Primary School is expected to be ready for September 2016, the school will open this September on the old Ashford South Community School site in Jemmett Road, which is currently being refurbished.

The county council put forward the Stour Academy Trust as the preferred sponsor to the Department of Education following a competition and are pleased the DfE has selected the trust to run the new school.

Finberry Primary School will be the fifth school within the Trust, which aims for all of its schools to be outstanding.

Sturry CE Primary, its sponsor school received an outstanding judgement by Ofsted just a few weeks ago. The Trust’s motto ‘Bringing Learning to Life’ aims to create an exciting and creative curriculum that engages all pupils, regardless of ability, and develop a life-long love of learning.

Chief Executive Officer of The Stour Academy Trust, Simon O’Keefe, said: “I am hugely excited by the prospect of running a new primary school in my home town of Ashford.

“The Trust works collaboratively across all of its schools sharing good practice, providing a high standard of professional development, one to one coaching for its teachers with frequent opportunities to observe outstanding teaching. However, above all, we have a simple rule – children come first”

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