New schools and nursery in Peterborough receive planning permission

Two new schools and a nursery in Peterborough have received planning permission from the city council.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 3:30 am

The schools known as Manor Drive Primary Academy and Manor Drive Secondary Academy are due to open in September 2022.

Manor Drive Primary will be located adjacent to Norwood Lane and will be built to accommodate 420 children (two forms of entry). It is scheduled to open to one form of entry for Reception children in the first year.

A 26 place nursery will also be constructed at the site.

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How Manor Drive Academy could look

Manor Drive Secondary Academy will be built to accommodate 900 children (six forms of entry) and will initially open to four forms of Year 7 children.

The schools will be built in the area known as Paston Reserve - east of the Paston Parkway and bordered by Newborough Road and Norwood Lane.

Once works have completed the site will have a total of 1,050 homes as well as a new community centre and play facilities.

The schools will be run by the Four Cs Academy Trust which currently runs Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton, Fulbridge Academy in the city centre, Discovery Primary Academy in Walton and Hampton Vale Primary.

The trust has previously made successful funding bids into the Government’s Free Schools Programme for both schools.

Construction - which will be overseen by Wates - is due to start on site in February with completion in July 2022.

The council has said it will also ensure there is an access road from Newborough Road into the secondary school site.