The Secretary of State for Education has decided that the Glyn Learning Foundation (GLF Schools) should run the new schools in Woosehill and Winnersh currently being built by Wokingham Borough Council.
Construction of the one-form entry schools by the council is on track with the buildings now on site at Smith's Walk in Woosehill and at Winnersh Farm. Both schools are due to be ready this autumn.
The borough council had recommended GEMS Education to the Secretary of State for Education as its preferred education provider to run the new schools, but the minister has opted to go with the Surrey based educational foundation.
GLF Schools is a cross phase multi-academy trust based at Glyn School; an outstanding secondary school in Surrey. The DfE has confirmed that it can run the new schools in Wokingham from this September.
GLF Schools has said its admissions arrangements for this year will be co-ordinated with, and similar to, Wokingham Borough Council’s. The final admissions arrangements are currently being drawn up.
Additional parents who wish to express an interest for the new schools should email email@example.com. Parents who have already expressed an interest do not need to do so again.
An information evening is being held at The Forest School, Robinhood Lane, Winnersh on Wednesday July 10 between 7 and 9pm, where prospective parents can meet the GLF Schools leadership team, find out about the new schools and ask questions.
To attend the meeting, parents are invited to book their place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0118) 974 6105.
Parents can find out more about GLF Schools by visiting the websites of its existing schools at www.glynschool.org or www.danetreeschool.org. Additional background information is also available on the website of its new school in Redhill - also starting this September - at www.limetreeschool.org or for general details at www.glfschools.org which is due to go live shortly.
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: "We’re excited that GLF Schools is now our partner in this vital programme to lay the foundations to create more quality primary schools in the Wokingham Borough.
"We’re sorry that we won’t be working with GEMS Education to provide these much needed schools for our borough’s children.
"We can assure parents that we are already working closely with GLF Schools and the change should not affect their confidence in the new schools. Our admissions team is personally contacting all parents who have already expressed their interest in the new schools.
"The two schools will be welcoming their first children from this September. The change in education provider makes absolutely no difference to this."
Jon Chaloner, executive head teacher of GLF Schools, said: "We're thrilled that GLF Schools has been afforded the opportunity to work with Wokingham Borough Council in bringing the two new primary schools to fruition.
"We're confident that our new partnership will enable the schools to open as planned. We look forward to being part of the wider family of schools within Wokingham."
For updates about admissions and the new schools please check the Wokingham Borough schools Facebook page or the admissions page. Alternatively, contact the admissions team on (0118) 974 6225 or email GLF Schools at email@example.com.
Updated: Tuesday July 2, 2013