Before he headed off to the back benches, David Cameron came up trumps for Ashlawn School’s ambitious expansion plans.
On Tuesday he announced the go-ahead for Ashlawn to set up a new secondary school on another site, with the aim of it opening in September 2017 and catering for up to 180 students per year group.
Head teacher Lois Reed said: “We are extremely pleased that the Department for Education has recognised that more young people should be able to benefit from the highly aspirational learning environment at Ashlawn School.
“Our intention is to provide an additional school which replicates the outstanding academic curriculum that we offer and enables more parents to select an Ashlawn education for their child. We are proud to be an over-subscribed school, and hope that we will now be able to meet more of the demand for secondary places across the town.”
The school says details of the site and admissions process will be released in September but when the plans were reported in the Advertiser in February, there was speculation the masts site or land near the water tower off Ashlawn Road were contenders for the new arrival.
Parents can register for updates on the school’s website, www.ashlawn.org.uk