BUILDING work has started on the new Heathcote Primary School.
The school is set to open next September to cater for demand from the nearby housing estate on Warwick Gates.
It will initially have room for a total of 90 nursery and school pupils before eventually having space for 420 children.
Made up of 16 classrooms with 28 full-time staff and 20 part-time staff, Heathcote will be a free school – meaning it is run independently and will not be controlled by the county council. Funding will come from government as it does for other schools.
Project lead Andy Mitchell – who is also the headteacher at the nearby Woodloes School – says he is delighted work has started and the new school will be a bonus for the area.
He told the Observer: “Its fantastic and really exciting. Heathcote is going to be really beneficial to the area.
“Our vision is to build a primary school near Warwick Gates to help meet demand.”
Mr Mitchell will be working alongside the council, builders and the Communities Academies Trust – which is sponsoring the project – to create a successful school.
There are a number of homes being built in the area, with 785 currently being constructed between Europa Way and Harbury Lane.
The area is also subject to a number of other developments.
In April 2015, permission was given for some 200 homes further along Harbury Lane on the other side of Heathcote Park while two months later, a 220-home scheme between Harbury Lane and Heathcote Lane was also given the go-ahead.
To find out more about the school, a open evening is being held on Thursday (October 13) between 6pm and 7.30pm.
Prospective parents and those wanting more details on the building can attend the event which is being held at Trident College in Warwick.