New Catterick Garrison free school gets Government backing

The school is based at the former Darlington College site.

The Government has backed plans for a new school in Catterick Garrison.

The Cambrai Community Primary School, which will be built at the Darlington College campus, will provide 420 places to meet demand created by the expansion of Catterick Garrison bringing in more service families, as well as other housing development in the area.

The bid was submitted by the Lingfield Academy Trust.

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Another new school, Keeble Gateway Academy, which will serve the Sowerby Gateway development near Thirsk has also got Government approval.

This school will provide 210 places and the successful bid was submitted by the Elevate Multi-Academy Trust.

“We are delighted that the bids have been successful,” said Pete Dwyer, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services.

“We fully supported these bids because there is a real need for additional primary school places in both of these areas.

“These proposals have been part of our planning for new places for some time. They will help to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to serve new housing development and provide access to great local educational provision.”

The schools will be funded through the Government’s free schools programme.

For the Catterick school, there is likely to be a contribution from developers towards the cost, which will also support the expansion of a number of the existing primary schools in the Catterick area.

The North Yorkshire schools were among 131 announced by the Department for Education today (12 April) to create more than 69,000 new school places nationally.