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Specification for new primary school, Barton Farm, Winchester, Hampshire


Hampshire County Council is the local authority responsible for school place planning in Hampshire and has identified the need for a new 3 form of entry (3FE), 630 place primary school catering for the 4 – 11 age range to open in 2016.Winchester City Council has given permission for a housing development at Barton Farm for up to 2,000 new dwellings the first phases of which are expected to begin construction in 2014.

It is intended that, in the first instance, a 2 form entry primary school will be built with expansion to 3 forms of entry to be confirmed as the housing is built out and pupil yield is analysed.

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

More details of the development can be found at

Further Information on the County Council’s approach to school places planning can be found in the School Places Framework 2013-2018.


The Proposed Primary School

Proposed Location

A site has been identified for this primary school as part of the master plan for the Barton Farm development.

Age Range

4 – 11

Gender of Pupils


School Opening Date

September 2016 tbc

School Design & Build

Feasibility work and an outline design has been 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 highest specification and will be suitable for the delivery of the proposed curriculum

Capital Funding Arrangements

The proposal is supported by capital funding through Hampshire County Council for the 3FE primary school of £9.8m 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 facilities. Hampshire County Council will also meet a reasonable and mutually acceptable funding allocation for the pre and post opening costs associated with establishing the new school.


The new school will open initially as a one form of entry primary school (up to 30 places per year group) with admissions limited to Year R. The school will 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 Barton Farm will be expanded to 3 forms of entry (630 places) as the housing is built out and subject to the expected pupil yield from within the development. The timing of any expansion of the 2FE school is not known at this point.


Procedure and timetable

12th - 25th May 2014

Publication of proposals and invitations for expressions of interest from potential proposers

29th May 2014

Notification of expressions of interest received to Department of Education (DfE)

27th June 2014

Closing date for applications

11th July 2014

Submission of proposals to DfE

From 11th July 2014

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.

Please complete and submit the application form Microsoft Word 344kB. 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;
  • Value for money, confirming that the proposer considers that the costs of establishing the new academy can be met within the estimate of capital costs outlined by the local authority and, where they cannot be met within that estimate, an explanation of the reasons for the additional costs and how any 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 applications should be sent to Martin Shefferd, School Organisation Officer, Children’s Services Department, Hampshire County Council, Elizabeth ll Court North, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG, (e-mail: to arrive no later than 5pm on 27th June 2014.



Closing date

  • 5pm, Friday 27th June 2014

Applications to

Martin Shefferd
School Organisation Officer
Children’s Services Department
Hampshire County Council
Elizabeth ll Court North
Winchester, Hampshire
SO23 8UG