Academy trust announced as sponsor for new Somerdale primary school

Published on: 02 Apr 2016

March 2016

A new school opening at the Somerdale site next year will be run as an academy by the Bristol-based Educate Together Academy Trust, it has been announced.

The 210-pupil primary is due to open in September 2017 and is being built by Taylor Wimpey’s as part of its housing development at the former factory site, which will eventually include up to 700 homes.

The school, which will also include nursery spaces, will be located next to the Somerdale Pavilion, and the developer has submitted designs for the school to Bath and North East Somerset Council for approval. The new academy will be state-funded and open to all children in Somerdale.

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together, said: “Educate Together is delighted with this development. We are confident that our equality and human rights approach to education will prove successful in Keynsham. We are looking forward to working with the families in this new housing estate, the developers and the local authority to deliver the best possible educational environment for children at this school.”

The trust has 37 years’ experience of running schools in Ireland and opened its first school in England in Redfield, Bristol, in 2014.

It has also been appointed sponsor of a new primary school planned for Locking Parklands in Weston-super-Mare and is consulting with parents in Patchway, South Gloucestershire, and Speedwell, Bristol, to campaign for new schools to serve families in both areas.

To find out more about the Educate Together Academy Trust, visit

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