Lilac Sky to be Newhaven primary school sponsor

The sponsor for a new primary school in Newhaven was announced this week as education provider Lilac Sky.

As part of its planning for additional primary school places, East Sussex County Council successfully applied to the Government’s Education Funding Agency for extra funding for two new academies.

Potential sponsors were invited to enter bids to run the new schools and, this week, the Department of Education confirmed Lilac Sky had been chosen.

Cllr Nick Bennett, the council’s Lead Member for Schools and Learning Effectiveness, said: “We already commission Lilac Sky to provide support to help improve outcomes at some of our schools and we welcome the news that they will be the sponsor of the two new schools.

“Lilac Sky has a track record of offering outstanding provision, securing good outcomes for students and working closely with local communities. We look forward to working together as the new schools are established.”

The new school will open on land near Tideway School in Southdown Road in September 2015 and will create 210 primary places.

Lilac Sky Schools is a leading provider of educational services in the UK and a DfE (Department of Education) approved academy sponsor.