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The new nursery will double the number of places offered by the Trust

Manchester's new nursery to provide much-needed places

The nursery will double the number of free places the Trust has in the area

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 08, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) will open a new 60-place nursery at the site of the former Gorton Mount Primary Academy in Manchester from September, doubling the number of free places offered by the Trust in the area.

BFET Director of Primary Education, Gary Handforth, commented: “The demand for free nursery provision in the Gorton community is disproportionately high, so we’re extremely pleased to ensure a whole new group of children are given a fair start to their education, whilst better supporting families in one of the UK’s most economically deprived wards.”

Research submitted by BFET in its application to open the new nursery found that children were 20 per cent more likely to achieve national standards by age 7 when joining nursery aged three, in comparison to those starting education aged five. 

The Trust, which runs nine schools and colleges across Greater Manchester and Lancashire, has invested in providing a seamless journey for children in Gorton from nursery through to secondary school. As such, the Trust runs three other Gorton schools - Rushbrook Primary Academy, Melland High School and Cedar Mount Academy. By remaining in the same network of schools, vulnerable children receive more secure educational progress; something the Trust believes will enhance opportunities for children in the area.

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