New School Site Confirmed

Site for our new school is now confirmed

Reading Borough Council confirmed on Monday 21 July that Crescent Road in East Reading will be the site for the new Maiden Erlegh Secondary School. At a meeting of Policy Committee Reading Borough Council agreed to sell the Crescent Road site to the Education Funding Agency so that it can become home to our new school. The building of this new school at Crescent Road is subject to planning consent, but the Policy Committee decision means preparatory work can now begin ready for us to open to Year 7 students in September 2015.

Dr Peter Thomas, Headteacher said:

“I am really pleased that Reading Borough Council members have approved this site for our new school. We look forward to working closely with Reading Borough Council - in particular John Ennis and their Head of Education Kevin McDaniel, on the building of the new school and as part of the provision of outstanding education for the children in East Reading. I would also like to express my thanks again to Rob Wilson, MP for East Reading, who asked me to consider setting up a new school in East Reading a year ago. Without him we would not be in this exciting position, to deliver a high quality secondary education in the heart of East Reading from September 2015. I look forward to working with Rob in the future to ensure we meet the needs of local parents.”

Mr Huw Jones, Chair of the Maiden Erlegh Academy Trust added:

“The Maiden Erlegh Academy Trust is committed to delivering a high quality education in all of its schools. I reiterate what Peter Thomas has said in that we look forward to the partnership with Reading Borough Council and the local community to deliver a high quality education in East Reading.”

John Ennis, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Education, said:

“The Council is delighted that - together with Maiden Erlegh - we are now in a position to deliver a top quality new school for East Reading. The Council bought the site last year for the express purpose of securing it for a new school which is particularly needed in the east of the borough. Without it, not only would Reading’s secondary schools be full by 2017, it would mean fewer parents and pupils getting a place at the school of their choice and having to travel further to get to a school.

“I am similarly delighted that the school will be delivered by Maiden Erlegh which is an outstanding school and will no doubt provide the same high quality education to pupils in East Reading.”

Dr Peter Thomas and Academy Trust representatives met with members of Reading Borough Council at the new site. See link below for the video footage of this.

We will be hosting our Open Day for parents and children wishing to join the new school in September 2015 on Thursday 2 October between 6.00pm and 8pm at Alfred Sutton Primary School, Wokingham Road, Reading. Booking is not necessary- we look forward to welcoming you to learn more about our new school.

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