A MEETING has been set for an education boss to meet parents after it emerged a secondary school had been delayed.

Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s councillor responsible for education, will be at St Michael’s Church in Nayland Road, Colchester, on Wednesday, May 29.

The public meeting was arranged by Anne Turrell, county councillor for Highwoods and Mile End, after the council said the new Trinity Academy at the Chesterwell site in north Colchester would not open until September 2021.

It previously said the school was due to open this year.

Some parents on the 1,600-home Chesterwell estate applying for places in Year 7 this year have been offered Colchester Academy - four miles away.

Before the Trinity Academy is built at Chesterwell, developer Mersea Homes needs to prepare the land for Essex County Council and the school will need planning permission.

Essex County Council has said there are sufficient school places in Colchester and has pointed to expansions at the Gilberd, Stanway and Philip Morant schools.

The meeting about the Chesterwell school will start at 7.30pm.