ET Academy Trust to sponsor new Keynsham primary in 
Somerdale. March 2016

The Bristol-based Educate Together Academy Trust is delighted to announce that it has been appointed sponsor of the new primary school, being built for the residents of Somerdale.

The school, scheduled to open in September 2017, will cater for one form of entry (210 children) and include pre-school provision.  The innovative building will complement the existing Pavilion and the much-loved Fry’s chocolate factory, to serve the local community.

The decision to award the sponsorship was communicated by Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner: The academy will be a state funded school established under the current government’s “Free School Presumption”. It will be open to all children in Somerdale through the usual BANES Council Primary Schools Application process.

Paul Rowe, CEO said, “Educate Together is delighted with this development. We are confident that our equality and human rights approach to education will prove successful in Keynsham. We are looking forward to working with the families in this new housing estate, the developers and the local authority to delivery the best possible educational environment for children at this school.”

The Somerdale Educate Together primary school will be a new addition to the Educate Together Academy Trust UK, an emerging new organisation based in Bristol. With over 37 years’ experience in Ireland, Educate Together is now successfully offering its ethical curriculum to pupils in Redfield, Bristol with new schools planned for 2017 in Somerdale and Locking Parklands, Weston-super-Mare.