Press Release


New school announced for Newquay

The Department for Education today announced that Newquay Primary Academy has been approved to open in Newquay. The new primary school, which is being set up by Newquay Education Trust (a Multi-Academy Trust founded by Newquay Junior and Newquay Tretherras), is proposed to open in September 2019.

The news follows significant work undertaken by Newquay Education Trust to fulfil the rigorous process set out by the DfE, set to ensure that new schools are opened only by groups who have the ability, skills, expertise and vision required to address clear educational needs.

Newquay Primary Academy will serve a genuine need for additional primary school places in Newquay, a need that currently sees many parents faced with the prospects of not being able to secure places locally and have to have their children placed in schools requiring transport out of town.

Figures collated from a range of sources including Cornwall Council’s Place Planning, Access and Inclusion Team + various housing developments in the town, show that there is not just an immediate need for a new primary school (with an estimated shortfall of 37 primary places this year), but a need which is due to increase annually – with a projected shortfall of 68 – 83 primary places in 2018/19 and 83 – 92 primary places in 2019/20.

Sue Martin, CEO of Newquay Education Trust, said:

“Central to our proposal to the DfE was that we firmly believe our new primary school needs to be within walking distance. We do not believe it is right that parents are faced with the prospect of having to bus or taxi their young children out of towm, and knew that we were able to put forward a proposal which would help address that – as well as ensure their children had access to the very best educational opportunities and resources available to them.”

Sarah Karkeek, Chair of the Board of Directors at Newquay Education Trust, said:

“We are delighted that the DfE have approved us for pre-opening, enabling us to move forward and build Newquay Primary Academy. I would like to congratulate our team in getting us this far and securing something which Newquay desperately needs. We are now looking forward to continuing to work with the local community to bring this new primary school to fruition.”

Toby Young, Director of New Schools Network, said:

“The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous so it is a testament to Newquay Education Trust’s hard work that they have been approved to open. This is the largest ever cohort of free schools to be approved, a sign of this Government’s commitment to extending the benefits of the free schools policy to all parts of the country.

“This is a big day for free schools. With 800 either opened or approved to open, providing 400,000 places when full, free schools are now a permanent part of England’s educational landscape.”


Newquay Education Trust wins place on national development programme with the New Schools Network and proposes a new Primary Academy for Newquay.

Newquay Education Trust (NET) is one of over 80 groups of teachers, parents, existing schools and charities that has been awarded a place on the New Schools Network’s Development Programme this month. The Programme is designed to help groups that want to set up new free schools as they prepare to submit an application to the Department for Education (DfE).

Newquay is in a significant period of growth which is set to increase for the next few years with numerous new housing developments already underway. Statistics show some 4,000+ new homes with an estimated 1,000+ children who will require school places.

Many local primaries have had building expansions to accommodate increased demand, but Local Authority projections show there will still be a need for another town based school. It will be important for this new school to be located somewhere where parents are able to walk their children to school.

Newquay Education Trust (NET) believes the best way to meet this emerging demand for places is to develop a new NEWQUAY PRIMARY ACADEMY and is currently preparing a bid to the Department for Education for funding to build a new school in Newquay. NET believes it can demonstrate the desire, the ability, the specialist and passionate staff base and the opportunity to accommodate a new two form entry primary school for pupils ensuring that 1st choice places are available to young learners within the heart of the community, within walking distance, and with access to the very best facilities.

The proposed application by NET is to create an outstanding primary school, possibly built on existing NET owned land, which will meet the needs of the Newquay community. The new school will focus on setting a culture of high aspiration and achievement from the very start, so that all children achieve their maximum potential whatever their starting points in life. There will be an emphasis on ensuring that every child makes exceptional progress, in every lesson, every day. The basics of English and Maths will be a priority so that all children are well equipped with the essential skills they need to thrive and succeed. Sports and Arts will feature prominently in the enrichment curriculum, as will learning and play outdoors.

Future pupils of Newquay Primary Academy will be able to enjoy the state of the art facilities of the new Priority Schools Building Programme underway at Newquay Tretherras, and also benefit from the existing sports facilities, specialist outdoor education and creative arts programmes already well established within the Trust.

It is part of the NET’s strategic vision to be ready for intake by 2019, initially accommodating children of both reception and infant age.

The New Schools Network Programme provides tailored support to free school groups as they work through the challenging application process demanded by the DfE. The charity looks for applicant groups that have the capacity and expertise to run a new school and will bring something new to their community. Historically, groups who have had support from New Schools Network are more likely to succeed in their applications.

Nick Timothy, NSN’s Director said:

“We are delighted to welcome Newquay Education Trust on to our Development Programme this month and we look forward to working with them as they develop their plans in more detail and work with their local community to gather support for their proposed new school.

“There are now more than 430 free schools either opened or approved to open across England and once full they will provide 235,000 much needed new school places. They are already proving they can deliver – free schools are more likely to be judged Outstanding than other state schools.”

Mrs Sue Martin, Chief Executive Officer of Newquay Education Trust said:

I am delighted we are working within the NSN Development Programme which has been running for over three years; more than 80% of those who have completed it have been invited to interview with the DfE. We have been assigned a dedicated NSN adviser, expert educational, financial and operational advice, and funding to help engagement with the community. We are keen to work with all members of the community, including all our local schools and academies, in order to open another outstanding school to add to the excellent educational provision already in the town.

We are planning an engagement evening for all interested parties on Tuesday 28th June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the Headquarters of NET – the Atlantic Centre (top of Waterworld Carpark). More information can be found on our website.