A consultation will begin next week to gain feedback and opinions on the key features parents and residents would like to see in a new primary school in Royston. The new primary school is being created to meet future school place need, due to the 828 new high-quality homes to be built in Royston. This development features in the Royston Masterplan which is part of the Local Plan for Barnsley. The primary school consultation will take place from Monday 22 February 2021 to Friday 2 April 2021.
The proposed primary school will meet future school place need and will be created in addition to the schools in the area; no existing schools will be replaced.
This non-statutory consultation seeks views about what should be the key features of the new school so that Barnsley Council can use this to identify a suitable multi-academy trust to run the school. The feedback from the consultation will also be included in the notification to the Department for Education.
There will be two virtual consultation sessions held on Tuesday 16 March at 2.30pm and Wednesday 24 March at 6pm, to give interested parties the opportunity to ask questions about the school. People can sign up at on Eventbrite.
A Masterplan Framework for the development, which covers land at the MU5 site and land at Lee Lane, Royston, was consulted on last summer and is anticipated to be adopted later in the year. The framework includes a diverse new neighbourhood with a mix of housing types and tenures, creating high-quality homes, as well as a primary school and supporting infrastructure. The developers for the Barnsley MU5 development will be responsible for providing the funding for the new school via S106 contributions if planning applications are granted. The school build will be funded using these contributions.
Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “We need to make sure that a primary school is available to provide sufficient school places at the right time. This consultation gives local people the chance to have their say on what they think the schools’ key features should be, which will help us when choosing a suitable multi-academy trust to run the school.
“I’d encourage families, school staff in the local area, early years providers and any interested residents to take part in the consultation. Please visit barnsley.gov.uk/schoolorg to have your say.”
The consultation will be available online from Monday 22 February at https://surveys.barnsley.gov.uk/s/J8POX5/. If they don’t have any digital access, residents can request a hard copy of the consultation via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01226) 773555 from Monday 22 February.