Specification for new primary school, south of Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh


Hampshire County Council is the local authority responsible for school place planning in Hampshire and has identified the need for a new 1.5 form of entry (1.5fe), 315 place primary school catering for the 4 – 11 age range expected to open in September 2020. Eastleigh Borough Council has given permission for a housing development at Chestnut Avenue for up to 965 new dwellings the first phases of which are expected to begin construction in 2018.

Expressions of interest to sponsor this new primary school are invited.

Proposed Primary School

A site has been identified for this primary school as part of the master plan for the land south of Chestnut Avenue development, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5AF:

Age Range: 4 – 11

Gender of Pupils: Mixed

Proposed School Opening Date: September 2020

School Design and Build: Feasibility work and an outline design is being undertaken by Hampshire County Council. The successful proposer will work with the Council and the developer to ensure that the building is built to the required standard and meets the needs of the modern primary curriculum.

Capital Funding Arrangements: The proposal is supported by capital funding through Hampshire County Council for the 1.5fe primary school of £5.5m and agreed in planning conditions and a Section 106 legal agreement. The sponsor need not be concerned with capital funding matters unless it wishes to provide additional resources in order to provide particular additional facilities.

Revenue: Financial support will be provided for new academies and free schools opened to meet basic need, this includes the lead in costs, e.g. to fund the appointment of staff and purchase any goods or services necessary to admit pupils. Funding will be allocated in accordance with the Department for Education (DfE) guidance and through local policy as required. The DfE will also provide the successful sponsor with a one-off £25,000 grant to cover legal expenses.

Phasing: Whilst recognising any Sponsor will be it's own Admissions Authority, it is anticipated that the new school would open initially as a one form of entry primary school with admissions limited to Year R (up to 30 places). The school would then grow as demand for school places increases as the new housing development is built out.

Site Ownership / Tenure Arrangements: Hampshire County Council will provide a 125 year lease.

Future developments

As noted above, it is intended that this Primary School at Chestnut Avenue will be grow to 1.5fe forms of entry (315 places) as the housing is built out, subject to the expected pupil yield from within the development materialising.

Procedure and timetable
2 May – 27 June 2017 Publication of proposals and invitations for expressions of interest from potential proposers
16 May 2017 Notification of expressions of interest received to Department of Education
27 June 2017 Closing date for full applications
By 7 July 2017 HCC Submission of proposals to DfE with recommendation of preferred proposer
From 10 July 2017 Consideration by Secretary of State

Please note that if you are considering applying to sponsor the school you will need to be an approved sponsor registered with the DfE. If you are not an approved sponsor you will need to apply to the DfE and should contact the DfE at the earliest opportunity to commence that process. Organisations that are not registered as approved sponsors by the DfE by the closing date for applications to be received will not be considered.

Once the Secretary of State has decided to enter into a Funding Agreement, the successful proposer will work with the County Council to establish the new academy.

Invitation to submit proposals

The County Council would like to invite interested proposers to submit proposals for the establishment of the new academy.

For initial expressions of interest, please contact Helen Ley, Capital Programme Manager, Hampshire County Council by 5pm on 16 May 2017 by emailing helen.ley@hants.gov.uk.

Following the expression of interest, please complete and submit the application form. Supplementary information will not be considered.

Proposers should include a response to the following points, which will be considered in the assessment of the proposals:

  • The quality of the places being added into the system, based on the proposer’s vision and educational plan;
  • The capability and capacity of the proposer to deliver their proposal on time and on budget, based on their expertise and experience;
  • The proposer accepts that the costs of establishing the new school building will be met within the capital costs of £5.5m. If the proposer requires any additional facilities or services they should provide an explanation of the reasons for any additional costs and how the shortfall will be met.

The County Council will expect proposers to explain how their proposals will ensure effective outcomes for the children who will attend the academy; the proposed curriculum; performance and standards monitoring; absence and behavioural policy, extended services; inclusion and special educational needs; governance, admissions; finance; partnership working and community engagement.

All proposals should be sent to Helen Ley, Capital Programme Manager, Children’s Services Department, Hampshire County Council, Elizabeth ll Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG, e-mail: helen.ley@hants.gov.uk to arrive no later than 5pm on 27 June 2017.