First students at Bishop's Stortford's new Avanti Grange secondary school to be taught at Avanti Meadows primary
Bishop’s Stortford’s next secondary school will initially operate from the site of the town’s newest primary.
Education authority Hertfordshire County Council says Avanti Grange will accept its first 120 Year 7 pupils in September 2022 but they will be taught temporarily at Avanti Meadows.
The Farnham Road primary welcomed the first classes to its St Michael's Hurst campus last month. Its own opening was delayed for 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and earlier this year it served as a vaccination centre.
The new Avanti Grange secondary, designed to serve children living on the Bishop’s Stortford North estates of Stortford Fields and St Michael’s Hurst, is to be built on a site straddling the A120 and is now scheduled to open for a cohort of 180 students from September 2023.
A second primary for the new residents is planned at Stortford Fields. All three schools will be run by the Avanti Schools Trust, a Hindu organisation that has branched out into non-faith schools.
Founded in 2003, its first school opened in 2008. It now has over 4,500 students and 600 members of staff across 10 schools with three more in pre-opening.
Families looking for a secondary school place from next September are allowed to pick Avanti Grange as an extra, fifth preference by making a direct application to the school in addition to the four choices allowed on the Hertfordshire application form.
Offers will be made on March 1, 2022 but will be provisional on the trust entering into a funding agreement with the Education Secretary. That means families can accept an Avanti place and an alternative if the agreement has not yet been signed and make a final decision when funding is confirmed.