Putting lifelong learning at the heart of Barton Farm

With work commencing on the first houses at Barton Farm, two of the City’s education providers, University of Winchester and The Henry Beaufort School, are putting lifelong learning at the heart of this new community.

The first community facility for the development will be a new primary school, the Barton Farm Academy, an academy sponsored by the University of Winchester Academy Trust. The Academy will draw on talent and leading educational research from the University of Winchester and will maintain close links and be a feeder school to The Henry Beaufort School. Plans shared at the Barton Farm Forum by the developer include a preschool nursery, community centre and adult education facilities for future phases of the development.

“As a University with close ties to our local community, we are delighted to be developing Winchester’s newest primary school just down the road from our main campus.” said Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Chair of the University of Winchester Academy Trust.

“Our world-class research and outstanding 175 year track record in teacher education makes us ideally placed to open an academy.” Professor Carter added.

Barton Farm Academy will join the Henry Beaufort cluster and will become an integral part of the partnership working that already exists between Henry Beaufort and its catchment primary schools. Miss Sue Hearle, Headteacher of The Henry Beaufort School said, “It is vitally important that children experience a smooth transition from primary to secondary school and we are working with the University to ensure that continuity is in place right from the start for the children of King’s Barton. It is a very exciting prospect to share our expertise to create a truly aspirational education offer for this new community.”

See the coverage in the Hampshire Chronicle here.

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