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Vision for City of Peterborough Academy to go on display

One of the first images of what the new City of Peterborough Academy will look like when work is completed in September 2013.

One of the first images of what the new City of Peterborough Academy will look like when work is completed in September 2013.

Plans for the £14 million transformation of the ex-Hereward Community College site into an academy catering for up to 1,100 pupils are to go on show on Monday (21 May).

Residents are invited to an open evening on Monday to learn more about the proposals to turn the site in Eastfield, into The City of Peterborough Academy and a new 2,400 square metre special school.

Representatives from construction firm Carillion, Peterborough City Council and the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, which will run the new academy, will be present at the school building in Reeves Way from 6pm to 8pm to shed light on the project.

Cllr John Holdich, cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: “It is important that residents and more importantly, parents of children who one day may attend the academy or special school, are able to find out more about the plans.

“The academy and special school will have a strong community focus and I know that Carillion and the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust want to meet as many members of the community as possible and share the plans for the site.”

The new academy will be co-educational and will cater for up to 1,100 pupils aged from 11 to 18 years old.

There is also the intention that the new academy will work closely with Peterborough Regional College and City College Peterborough to help support young people with their career aspirations.

The special school will cater for up to 90 children with autism, aged from four to 18 years old.

Jackie Luland, branch officer from the Peterborough branch of the National Autistic Society, welcomed the new provision.

She said: “Just putting our children in mainstream schools doesn’t always work. They need to have special support and help.”

It is proposed that the special school will open in September in the existing courtyard building. The mainstream 11 to 18 academy, including the special school’s new building, will open a year later in September 2013.

Barry Day, chief executive of Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased with the proposed design and look forward to the special school opening this September.”

Kevin Malle, from Carillion, said “Carillion is delighted to be working with Peterborough City Council and Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust to deliver an outstanding education facility for the people of Peterborough.”

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