Avanti Gardens, Bishop's Stortford


Avanti Meadows, the first of 2 new primary schools will be provided on the Bishop's Stortford North development.

The school will open in September 2020, offering 30 places in Reception (growing to 90 in future years) and potentially in Years 1-6.

The Avanti Schools Trust has been chosen to maintain all 3 of the new non-faith schools (2 primary and 1 secondary school) in Bishop's Stortford which will run as a new all-through "Learning Village".

A parallel application process is in place for Reception places at Avanti Meadows for 2020 because the school cannot be part of the normal coordinated allocation process until the Funding Agreement has been signed. In essence this means that parents will be able to apply to Avanti Meadows in addition to the 4 schools that can be ranked on the Hertfordshire primary application form.

Applications for Avanti Meadows opened on 4 November 2019. To apply, please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schooldirectory

The Chair of the AST Board of Trustees, Professor Mike Younger, states:

“We are incredibly proud to have been asked to work with Hertfordshire County Council on the creation of the new all-through Learning Village. The development of this exciting new project will allow us to establish high quality provision for local families and the wider community.”

Mike Ion, AST’s Head of School Improvement adds:

“We fully subscribe to Hertfordshire’s vision of delivering a new, sustainable primary and secondary provision at the heart of this new community. Setting up this exciting all-through provision will allow us to become part of the local community and contribute towards the councils’ ambitions. We are confident that the partnership we can offer Hertfordshire as a Trust will be an asset to the educational provision within the community.

AST has a strong track record of establishing high performing new schools, as evident in the excellent results at each phase of schooling we currently maintain from the early years to Key Stage 4 and post-16. In addition to performing well as individual schools, our schools are predominantly well above the local and national averages at every assessment phase. We fully embrace the ‘all-through learning village’ which aligns completely with our vision as a trust for seamless, all-through education.


King James Academy, Royston

The new King James Academy was formed in September 2019 by merging 3 schools (Greneway and Roysia Middle Schools and Meridian Upper School).

The combined strengths of each school will provide education in Royston from Year 5 to the end of compulsory education.