The village of Essex will get a new £10 million school in 2025

Essex County Council will agree a £10 million contribution towards the construction of a new school in Dunmow. The council says that given the pace of housing development in Dunmow, a new primary school is required by 2027, but neither of the two existing primary schools can accommodate further temporary or permanent expansion.

Construction of the primary school is expected to start in September 2024, with plans to have it ready for the start of the school year in September 2025. The secondary school portion of the continuous school should be ready to accept students in October 2026.

However, before any agreement is made to require the landowner to transfer the main school building to the Secretary of State for Education, the council must enter into a legal agreement with the DfE to be allowed to build the school. To do this, the DfE has asked Essex County Council to pay £10 million towards the costs of the All Through School on land off Buttleys Lane.

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The total capital cost to Essex County Council is £9.9 million, funded by £6.5 million in s106 developer contributions received and £3.4 million in expected s106 contributions. This is an increase of £2.2 million to the capital programme. The cost increase is driven by inflation and historical expenditure related to design, surveys and fees at the Saffron Academy Trust – responsible for the existing Helena Romanes secondary school – and which will run the new school.

A statement as part of a decision to be made at Essex County Council’s cabinet next week said: “Both primary schools in Great Dunmow – Dunmow Primary and Dunmow St Mary’s – are full and over capacity for all year groups. part of the proposed learning village will be able to relieve pressure in the higher grades, should we require the school to open additional classes to accommodate these children.

“To address this problem, the Helena Romanes School proposes to create a new learning village that will consist of three elements: primary, secondary and sixth grade (with potential for early years in the future), and that will function as a comprehensive school where one The school provides multiple stages of a child’s education. The advantage of an all-round provision is that learning standards are more likely to be consistent if children remain in the same confidence.