New primary school in Knaresborough delayed until 2024
Nov 8, 2021
Manse Farm school
An artist's impression of the school.

A new primary school catering for a rapid increase in housing in Knaresborough has been delayed, it was announced this morning.

North Yorkshire County Council is building the £5 million school to cater for families moving into the 600-home Manse Farm development on York Road and the 400-home development at nearby Highfield Farm.

It will provide 210 places for pupils, with the capacity to be expanded to 420.

The council said delays building the homes had impacted on the schedule for the school, which is now not due to open until September 2024.

It is the second time the opening has been delayed. It was initially planned for September 2022 but covid delayed it for 12 months.

The council said the housing-building delays meant pupil numbers were not rising as rapidly as expected .

Stuart Carlton, director for children and young people’s services at the council, said:

“While this is disappointing, it does not change our commitment to delivery of the school as soon as we are able. The current delay to housing delivery means that pupil numbers are not rising at the predicted rate.

“We will continue to monitor closely the availability of school places but our assessment of the current birth rate data is that a delay by one year will be manageable.”

Read more:

The Department for Education has appointed Elevate Multi Academy Trust to run the school.

Nigel Ashley, chief executive of the trust, said:

“We remain committed to the project and look forward to developing future educational excellence for new families who will be moving into the Manse Farm estate area.

“Our utmost priority is quality provision where we all can achieve together and we look forward to opening the doors to our new free school as soon as this is possible.”

The Thirsk-based trust, which was created in 2017, has 12 members schools in north and west Yorkshire, including three in Knaresborough.

They are Meadowside Academy, Aspin Park Academy and Knaresborough St John’s C of E Primary School.