Charvil parents reassured that new primary school will be in good handsBy Jon Nurse
January 18, 2013
Parents have been reassured that one of the borough’s newest primary schools will be in safe hands.
Charvil is one of three hot spots where new primaries are being built to tackle demand for places.
The Piggott School headteacher Hilary Winter, who will run the East Park Farm primary, shared the academy’s vision with families last Thursday.
Dozens of villagers examined designs for the site off Park Lane.
Mrs Winter said: “Charvil deserves a primary school and we want it to be for the community. We are so enthusiastic about this project and we will make it a success from the start.”
The Piggott was chosen by Wokingham Borough Council to run the school in December, giving it nine months to prepare for its first pupils – a single form of 30 children.
It will be part of the Piggott academy, educating children from age four through to 18 and will eventually take 210 pupils over seven classes.
Families asked how Mrs Winter could ensure pupils would receive a quality and rounded experience and what contingency plan was in place should the tight deadlines not be met.
She said the academy had proposed a bridging arrangement for a temporary building on its Wargrave site with interim transport arrangements, but council officers were ‘exceptionally confident it can be built on time’.
No name has been decided for the school, but it will include ‘Piggott’.
Money will come from the Education Funding Agency, with start-up costs covered by the council.
Mrs Winter said it would be initially fronted by two full-time teachers with background support staff and roles would be advertised in the next week to be appointed for April to work on the curriculum over the summer term.
Mrs Winter added: “There are still an enormous number of questions we haven’t answered and we know they must be answered.”
Parent Andrew Whiteaker, 35, of Wenlock Edge, said: “There are quite a few details that need to be ironed out for how the school is going to operate, but the ethos and enthusiasm of the head and her teachers gives confidence.”