16:08 Monday 03 February 2014

Potential sponsors of new Littleport schools have just days left to apply

Written byJORDAN DAY

Shire Hall - Cambridgeshire County Council's HQ. Shire Hall - Cambridgeshire County Council's HQ.

Potential sponsors of a new secondary and special school in Littleport have just days left to apply.

Organisations interested in running the new schools have until Monday, February 10 to apply to Cambridgeshire County Council.

As previously reported, the schools – both due to open in September 2016 – will be co-located on land north west of Littleport, near its leisure centre.

The secondary school will cater initially for 600 pupils aged from 11 to 16, with the potential for future expansion up to 750 pupils.

The special school on the same site will cater for 110 pupils aged from 2 to 19 with complex special educational needs.

The council is required by law to seek sponsors for the schools to be run as either a free school or an academy.

On Thursday, February 27 at 6.30pm, a meeting is also being held at the leisure centre, in Camel Road, where people will be able to meet and hear from the potential bidders.

The meeting will be followed by an independent panel of councillors and officers which will meet on March 6 and 7 to choose a preferred sponsor and make a recommendation to the council’s cabinet.

Cabinet will confirm the council’s preferred sponsor on April 15.

For more information about the proposals, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/education/schools/changestoschools/New+Littleport+schools.htm.

Alternatively, call Elizabeth Haines on (01223) 699606 or email elizabeth.haines@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

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