New South Yorkshire secondary school ‘won’t open in September’
A new secondary school will not be open in time for pupils to attend in September.
Trinity Academy St Edward’s was set to open to 180 year seven students on September 1, 2021.
However, it was revealed today that the school on Keresforth Close, off Broadway, will not open in time.
Councillor Peter Fielding asked Councillor Trevor Cave, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, if the school was expected to be ready in 14 weeks’ time – as “no work has yet commenced on site and parents are understandably concerned that the school will not be ready”.
Coun Cave admitted that works have been delayed due to “unforeseen circumstances, beyond the council’s control”.
Pupils due to attend Trinity will instead be sent to Eastgate House in the town centre, a former Barnsley College site.
Coun Cave told the meeting: “The Department for Education, which is leading the development, that the temporary site at Keresforth Close is delayed, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the council’s control.
“Trinity Academy, and the Department for Education have been working closely with partners to secure the town centre location to open to pupils on the first day of term.
“It’s important that pupil’s education is not disrupted, and they can attend a stable environment.”