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New school in Gedling will be called Rivendell Flying High Academy

A new school to be built on the Teal Close development in Colwick, Nottinghamshire offering 210 primary places will be called the Rivendell Flying High Academy.


The school is set to open in September 2022 and will meet demand for places arising from the building of new homes in the area and the increased demand for school places.


The Flying High Trust was approved as sponsor by the Secretary of State for Education after a competitive application process. They currently run 26 primary schools and are the highest performing primary multi-academy trust in the East Midlands.


The Trust was able to demonstrate a proven track record in education and has previously worked with Nottinghamshire County Council to open Nottinghamshire’s first free school; Hucknall Flying High Academy, which goes from strength to strength.  

Paul Goodman, Deputy CEO at the Flying High Trust, said: "We can now announce that the new school will be opening in September 2022 and families interested in securing a place will be able to apply from November 2021.


"Our valuable experience alongside Nottinghamshire County Council in the creation of a successful new school will ensure that our vision for Rivendell Flying High Academy meets the highest of standards.”


A website containing up to date information for families can be found at  


Chris Wheatley OBE is CEO of the Flying High Trust and said, "Our mission will be to provide the highest quality of staff at Rivendell Flying High Academy, ensuring that children attending the new school will receive the best education available. With the benefits of a brand-new building and a rich curriculum, we can deliver a school which will be a source of pride and opportunity for the new development and its children for generations to come.”


Councillor Philip Owen, committee chairman for Children and Young People at Nottinghamshire County Council added,  "The new school is part of our commitment to ensuring that Nottinghamshire is a place where children and young people can go to good schools.


"Since 2013, during the period of growth in the primary sector, the council has invested £7.9m in creating 545 Gedling primary school places. This year, council is funding the creation of 820 permanent Gedling secondary school places with a £13.9m investment.  The new school in Teal Close will provide a further 210 primary school places, ensuring sufficient local school places in the district.


"The good news is that parents living in the Gedling district receiving an offer for one of their preferences for admission this year continues to be good at over 97% for both first admissions and primary to secondary school places.


"We are proud to be working in partnership with the Flying High Trust, which has a proven track record of delivering education across the county. We believe that Rivendell Flying High Academy will be a great addition to Nottinghamshire’s family of schools, providing children with an excellent education.” 


The planning and design work will be carried out by Persimmon Homes and the project is being funded through housing developer contributions.

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