PARENTS can apply for their children to attend a new primary school in Taunton that is nearly ready.

Orchard Grove Primary School is being built with 14 classrooms and will eventually have capacity for to 420 pupils, with two classes for each year group.

The wooden frame is now built, the roof is on and windows, doors and outside cladding are being fitted.

READ MORE: Work starts on new primary school.

The pitch is seeded and will ready for when the campus officially opens on the 2,000-homes Orchard Grove housing estate.

READ MORE: Orchard Grove Primary School opening in Taunton.

The school initially opened last September with one reception class based at IKB Primary School, in Wellington.

From September this year it will move to Orchard Grove and will grow each year with each new reception intake.

A Year 1 has recently opened - to apply for a place in this class, complete an in-year admission form and email to or contact the school on 01823 711014 for more information.

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Headteacher Richard Healey said "the incredible bunch" of children have had a fantastic start to their time as members of the Orchard Grove community and have settled into school life quickly and with amazing independence. They are excited to be visiting their new school building by bus next week.

Mr Healey added: "Orchard Grove Primary School is part of the Blackdown Education Partnership, with schools in Somerset and Devon.

"Orchard Grove welcomed its first cohort of children into the superb Early Years Foundation Stage setting in September 2023.

"The school will serve the new community in Comeytrowe and its immediate environs.

"The school centres itself firmly in the heart of its local community and supports it by ensuring pupils have a clear sense of what makes a good citizen and a good neighbour.

"Pupils have a strong sense of themselves in the local, national and global context and of the responsibility they have to others, in the present and in the future.

"Orchard Grove creates an environment where children, staff and the community can cultivate a positive and progressive school culture around sustainability and education.

"Within the setting of Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, children will be inspired by a unique curriculum that is preparing them for lifelong learning and a positive impact in the world."

For a reception place in September 2024, apply HERE.