£6.8m school pleads for pupils

Gagle Brook

A new £6.8m school is urging parents to register for a place so it can open its doors this year.

Gagle Brook School was built at Elmsbrook, the first phase of the North West Bicester eco settlement, in 2016 and was due to open that year but was delayed until 2017.

It was postponed again due to low registration numbers.

Now it’s in a race against time to get enough students signed up by this month’s deadline.

Operator the White Horse Federation plans to open the school in September, but said it was dependent on it “receiving sufficient first choice primary school applications by this month’s deadline of 15 January”.

More than 80 families had a chance to look around the new eco school just before Christmas as part of an open day to show potential pupils behind the scenes of the school.

In honour of the school’s logo, a dragonfly collage was also created by everyone who attended the day.

Gagle Brook’s principal Alan Derry said: “We received wonderful feedback from everyone who attended our open day, with people being impressed by the feel and finish of the school as well as the energy and effort that was put in to provide the children with engaging and educational activities.

“However, our deadline is fast approaching, and our future now lies with parents showing their support for Gagle Brook by putting us down as their first choice.

“We’re very keen to open Gagle Brook this September.

“As parents saw at the open day, we’re ready to welcome our first classes and provide a top quality, environmentally conscious education – but we need parents to use their primary school application wisely to help us make this happen.”

A consultation involving residents, councillors and eco town developer A2Dominion decided to name the school after Gagle Brook which runs across the eco town sites.

The first residents moved to Elmsbrook in 2016.

For more information view gaglebrook.org.uk

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