We are delighted to announce that Cherwell District Council has granted planning consent for a new Early Years School to be built here at Kingsmere. Forming part of St Edburg’s C of E Primary School, the new school will consist of a purpose-built, single storey building, dedicated to Nursery, Foundation and Key Stage One pupils.

Following a significant increase in demand for school places, Countryside is working in collaboration with the Oxford Diocese Education team and Oxfordshire County Council to meet the need for additional primary education in the area. The addition of the Early Years school will therefore allow St Edburg’s C of E Primary School to successfully expand from a two-form entry to a three-form entry school.

The new building has been designed to provide children with a learning environment which best suits their needs and developmental stage, with lots of outside learning spaces, allowing a much stronger connection to be made between indoor and outdoor learning.

What’s more, the introduction of the new building provides an opportunity to adapt the existing school building, through internal alteration, to create a dedicated Junior site. This will improve the overall Key Stage Two provision, providing specialist spaces for languages, IT and Physical Education, in preparation for pupils’ transition to secondary school.

Martin Leach, Managing Director, Strategic Land and Major Projects, Countryside, said: “We are proud to be enhancing the educational offering for residents at Kingsmere and the wider community. The planning consent for the extension of St Edburg’s Primary School is a key milestone for us and showcases our commitment to delivering much-needed educational facilities as part of our developments.