CMAT

£10 million revamp plans for North Cambridge Academy submitted

Plans for a £10 million transformation of North Cambridge Academy’s buildings have been submitted to Cambridge City Council.

If the plans are approved, the current buildings will be transformed and will help cater for the need for increased secondary school places in the north of Cambridge. It is hoped that the plans will be heard at the earliest available planning committee.

The new academy buildings would be constructed alongside the existing buildings, allowing the academy to continue to function during the build phase. The academy will then transfer into its new buildings ready for the new school year in August 2015.

North Cambridge Academy was identified as being one of 261 schools across the country that will benefit from the government funded Priority School Building Programme to provide new, fit-for-purpose school buildings. The current buildings are inefficient and require large amounts of energy to power, and in some cases have fallen into disrepair.

Principal Martin Campbell said: “The academy has already seen a number of dramatic improvements since opening in September 2013. We have implemented some innovative practices, such as the house system, vertical tutoring and the pledges commitment, and we are seeing improvements in standards across the academy.

“However, the current building is not fit-for-purpose in the modern education environment. This new development would see the academy site, and the area, transformed into a state-of-the-art facility that is at the heart of the local community.

“If the plans are approved at the next available Planning Committee, the academy would move into its new buildings from September 2015. The timings of Priority Build Projects are very tight. Should we miss this planning window, it will cause disruption to the academy having to move in mid-way through the Autumn Term. We are desperately hoping that everything runs smoothly from here.  These students and this community deserve things to go well.”

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert added: “This project will not only bring huge benefits to existing pupils and staff but also provide extra places which are so badly needed in north Cambridge.

“North Cambridge Academy’s buildings have suffered from years of neglect and lack of investment resulting in some of them being in a poor state of repair and energy inefficient. This is exactly the type of school the government’s Priority School Building Programme is designed to help.

“New, purpose-built accommodation would make a big difference to the staff and pupils giving them a school they can be proud of not only for its educational achievements but its facilities as well.”

North Cambridge Academy is part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT). CMAT, a multi-academy trust, was formed in 2011 with the simple vision – to provide high quality educational provision at the heart of the community. Swavesey Village College was the founding academy in the trust. It now includes Swavesey Village College, Nene Park Academy (Peterborough), North Cambridge Academy, and West Town Primary Academy (Peterborough). It will also provide and promote secondary education in the new town of Northstowe.

For more information about North Cambridge Academy please visit http://northcambridgeacademy.org/ or www.cmatrust.co.uk, or call 01223 508742.