Government Commits To New School For Barnsley

Following a rigorous application and assessment process, the proposal for Elements Primary School, a new primary school for Barnsley was today given the formal stamp of approval by the Department for Education.

The Elements School, proposed by Wellspring Academy Trust will now work towards opening in September 2015, catering for 420 pupils when full, 60 reception aged pupils in its first year of opening. Elements will be offering an exciting and dynamic twenty-first century curriculum that raises aspiration and raises standards for young people in Barnsley.

Josie Thirkell CEO of Wellspring Academy Trust said: 

“After months of hard work this is incredible news. Our success was absolutely dependent on the support of parents in the community. We had to show that this school is needed and wanted so we are delighted that the confidence people have shown in us has paid off and we will be able to start working towards making this school a reality.”

The group behind the new school comprises parents, community leaders and education professionals who have led outstanding schools. They have been working with national charity, the New Schools Network (NSN) as they prepared their application for the Department of Education.

Natalie Evans, Director of New Schools Network said:

“The application process to set up a free school is incredibly rigorous – as it should be – so it is a testament to Elements Primary Schools’ hard work that they have been successful. We know this new school will be a great addition to Barnsley. There are now over 330 free schools open or approved around the country and they are proving popular with parents and adding good new schools places to their local communities.”

Interested parents can find out more at or contact the team on 01226 720 742.

Mark Wilson, Executive Principal of the new school said: ‘‘there is nothing more exciting for a parent or for a child that’s starting at a brand new school. We are creating a school for the future at Elements. A school that the whole community can be proud of.’’

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