Cambridgeshire

New £14.25m academy school plan for Peterborough

Plans for a new £14.25m academy school in Peterborough are to be submitted next week.

The new Nene Park Academy will replace Orton Longueville School in Oundle Road.

If the plans are approved by Peterborough City Council, work could start in spring 2012 with the new school opening in September 2013.

It will be sponsored by the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust which runs Swavesey Village College.

'Improved environment'

John Holdich, cabinet member for education on the council, said: "This is an exciting milestone for everyone connected with Nene Park Academy and is a further step towards the new buildings which are so desperately needed.

"We have already consulted with parents and local residents about the plans and further consultation will continue throughout the development programme.

"When the new academy premises open local students will benefit from an improved environment and facilities that will transform learning for existing and future pupils."

The new school will be built by developers Kier.

The plans include the re-modelling of a quarried area into a grassed amphitheatre feature at the front of the new academy.

The existing sports hall, which was built by Kier 10 years ago, will remain and other areas of the school including the dining area, changing facilities and two teaching blocks will be remodelled and refurbished.

Improvements have also been made to grass pitches by Peterborough United Football Club, which now has an agreement with the school to use the pitches and the site for training purposes.

The funding is being provided by Peterborough City Council.

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