Cambridgeshire

Academy building scheme approved in Peterborough

Concept image of the new building
Image caption Construction work on the school could begin later this year

Plans for a new £20m building for an academy school in Peterborough have been approved by the government.

Work on the Ormiston Bushfield Academy building could start by the end of the year and is expected to be completed by summer 2012.

The new building will be on its current site in Ortongate.

Cabinet member for education John Holdich said: "This excellent news ends a month of uncertainty for the academy's staff, parents and pupils."

The decision to back the building of the school comes just one month after spending on the national Building Schools for the Future programme was suspended.

'Significant improvements'

Academy principal Eric Winstone said: "I'm delighted that it's all official. As far as I'm concerned, we can start moving on after the uncertainty of the last few weeks."

Ian Cleland, chief executive of Ormiston Education, a division of academy sponsor Ormiston Trust, said: "We expect some significant improvements in examination results this year, our first as an academy.

"If youngsters feel that they are proud of their school, they will perform even better."

The former Bushfield Community College became an academy with sponsorship from Ormiston Education in September 2009.

The new building will enable pupil numbers to increase from 700 currently to 950 in the new premises.

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