Image released of new £7.2m Thomas Deacon Junior Academy

Artist's impression of the Thomas Deacon Junior Academy, which is set to open in September 2014.
Artist's impression of the Thomas Deacon Junior Academy, which is set to open in September 2014.
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An artist’s impression of the new Thomas Deacon Junior Academy in Peterborough set to ease the squeeze on the city’s school system has been released.

The image of the forthcoming junior academy shows the state-of-the-art £7.2m building on Thomas Deacon Academy’s (TDA) 43-acre site in Queen’s Gardens.

The junior academy is on schedule to receive its first students in September next year, with the first phase of the work - the addition of a new exam hall and construction training centre on the main academy site - having been completed on time.

The new build will create 360 new primary school places, with current Year Two pupils at Queen’s Drive Infant School, in nearby Queen’s Drive West, being the first to move into the building.

Headteacher Sarah Skinner said: “Our expertise at Queen’s Drive is to provide top class early years education for children in reception and Key Stage 1. Our children will then move to this lovely new school just across the road where they will be taught by Key Stage 2 specialists. We are all looking forward to this new way of working.”

The school will have 12 classrooms, a dance studio, refectory, a science and technology section, 140 computers, a library and a sports changing rooms.

Julie Taylor, principal and chief executive of TDA, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming students to our new junior academy next September.

“It’s purpose built for this younger age group and the synergy between our existing teaching methods and ethos will allow students to make an easy transition to the main academy.”

Cllr John Holdich, cabinet member for the education, skills and university at Peterborough City Council, said: “By creating additional pupil spaces at Thomas Deacon it demonstrates our commitment to increase places where they are needed in the city and PE1 has been a priority area for us.”

Open evening

Parents of children eligible for admission to the new academy are invited to an open evening at TDA, on Wednesday, 6 November.

Booking is not necessary and parents can choose to attend either from 4.00pm to 5.00pm or from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.