Proposal Summary

IMG_0030We are applying to open a 210 pupil place Primary School, with the potential to grow to 420, catering for children aged 4 to 11 years, in the town of Oakham, Rutland, in order to meet a shortage of places in the town. It will provide an outstanding academic primary education whilst also preparing students for the rigor of the the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) at secondary school. The School will be sponsored by the Catmose Federation, an existing multi-academy trust, which already manages a successful primary, secondary provision and are sponsors for Harington School, a free post-16 school.

The School will offer the core national curriculum ensuring that students are skilled readers, writers and highly numerate whilst also specialising in Science, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and Music, provided by specialists from Catmose College, an outstanding 11-16 provider. This will ensure that all children will be ready for the academic curriculum at the College, particularly the rigour of the EBacc course that all children are expected to successfully complete. The Barleythorpe Primary team are equally committed to ensuring that our pupils have the character to be successful and opportunities to develop teamwork, leadership, resilience and personal responsibility; these will be compulsory elements of our offer through an extended school day.

This provision is proposed by an experienced academy leadership team, comprising of Executive Principal of the ‘Outstanding’ Catmose College, supported by the Head of School at the ‘Good’ Catmose Primary.  They will be supported by the Trust’s Chief Finance Officer (CFO) who has significant experience of managing complex capital projects including liaising with the local authority (LA) Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Department for Education (DfE).

The Catmose Federation has a proven track record in delivering outstanding educational outcomes and bringing about sustained school improvement; it is our intention for Barleythorpe Primary to join the existing Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). This will provide access to already available land and the resources of the MAT to ensure the School is successful.

Many new residents in Oakham and the surrounding area have struggled to find a local primary school place, we are planning to address this by applying to open a new feeder school to Catmose College with a planned opening in September 2017. It will be sited in order to allow primary aged children living in the new Oakham developments and the surrounding area to attend a local school before transitioning to Catmose College.