PRESS RELEASE APRIL 2017
Saracens are pleased to announce that our proposal to open a new primary school at the former Peel Centre site in Colindale, has today been approved by the Department for Education. The Saracens Multi Academy Trust will continue to work with our partners to deliver our vision, not only for our High School that was approved last September, but now also for a new Primary School. Our focus will not only be on academic excellence but also identifying and nurturing the interests, intellectual curiosity and skills of every student.
The Saracens Multi Academy Trust was established in response to the urgent need for more school places across the London Borough of Barnet. Saracens has continued to work with a group of like-minded individuals and organizations with a passion for education and a focus on the Colindale community, including the Saracens Sports Foundation, Middlesex University, and our educational partners, the Orion and Goldbeaters Primary Schools.
Saracens Chairman, Nigel Wray, said today,“establishing the Saracens Primary School, in close association with the Orion and Goldbeaters Primary Schools, will firstly help meet the growing need for school places in the area. We look forward tobuilding on the excellence of the current provision for primary education, as well as offering continuity for school aged pupils from three to eighteen years of age”.
Saracens Community Director, Gordon Banks, commented, “we have been presented with the exciting opportunity of extending our outreach to families with primary school aged children in the Colindale area. We remain convinced of the benefits of transferring our core values at Saracens of humility, honesty, hard work and discipline to the school environment, as we seek to raise aspirations”.
Chris Flathers, Principal of Orion and Goldbeaters Primary Schools added, “this new primary school will have the unique Saracens spirit and ethos. Pupils will succeed academically and there will be a special emphasis on finding, then nurturing, everyone’s talents. Developing character from a very young age will be a special feature. The best schools today ensure that their pupils have grit and determination as well as pride and respect for all. Saracens are amazing at motivating people in these areas already.”
The Saracens Multi Academy Trust will now work with the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency to progress our pre-opening plans.