Arborfield site school receives management interest

More than five organisations have expressed an interest in running a newly built secondary school on the site of an old Army garrison.

Wokingham Borough Council plans to construct the 1,200-pupil school at Arborfield as the first phase of a "village-style suburb".

A planning application for the school is to be considered by the council later in March.

The school is scheduled to open in September 2016.

Organisations interested in managing the school are the Bohunt Education Trust, GLF Schools, King's Group, Maiden Erlegh School, and Waingels College.

None of them have submitted a formal application, but have confirmed their interest in becoming the council's preferred bidder.

Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children's services, said there would be a "rigorous selection process".

The council's choice of preferred provider will be passed on to the Secretary of State, who will make the final decision.

A planning application for the school has been submitted to the council.

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