Winners beat bid from existing school and Brooke Weston Trust

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THE winning bidder has been revealed in the competition to run Oakley Vale’s new primary school.

Nottingham-based Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, which has recently turned around the failing Weston Favell Academy in Northampton, will operate the school in Butland Road.

It is being built to cope with the increasing population on the estate, and will have capacity for 420 pupils.

The school will open in September 2013.

Greenwood Dale’s bid concentrated on areas including support for all pupils regardless of their ability, attendance and removing bureaucracy.

All pupils will be taught a modern language and there will be purpose-built music and science facilities.

Their bid was announced as the winner at a new maintained schools cabinet sub-committee meeting at County Hall yesterday.

It defeated bids from the CfBT Schools Trust, Peterborough Diocese and a joint bid between the existing Oakley Vale Primary School and the Brooke Weston Trust.

Chief executive Barry Day said: “We help youngsters believe in themselves and work very closely with the community to help them achieve their aims.

“We want the youngsters to be happy, have a curriculum they can engage with and achieve outstanding success.”

Oakley Vale county councillor Chris Stanbra said: “Congratulations to Greenwood Dale. I’m obviously disappointed for Oakley Vale Primary School, but the most important thing is having an excellent second primary school, and I’m sure that’s what we will get.”

Adrian Smith, chairman of Oakley Vale Community Association, said: “Obviously we are disappointed as the clear result of the consultation with local people was they were behind the local bid.”