New Cambridge primary school set to open next year
Building work is about to start on a new primary school and nursery are to be built in Cambridge and opened to pupils by September 2022.
The Marleigh Primary Academy Previously known as the Wing School - has been given planning permission by Cambridgeshire County Council and will be built in the new Markeigh housing development site off Newmarket Road, to the north of Cambridge airport.
It will have spaces for up to 420 pupils and will include a 52-place nursery.
Cllr Simon Bywater, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “I am delighted that work on this visionary and exciting new school is about to start, and impressed with the County Council’s astute management of the project. It will fulfil a vital role at the heart of the new Marleigh development, and I am confident Anglian Learning will rapidly turn it into a centre of excellence with both a local and national reputation.”
The primary school will serve the 1,300-home Marleigh development under construction in that area and will be located just off what is planned to be the main square.
The school will be run by Anglian Learning, a multi-academy trust which already operates 13 schools across Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Suffolk.
Jonathan Culpin, Chief Executive of Anglian Learning added: “Marleigh Primary Academy will have a high-quality learning environment to inspire and motivate pupils and staff. As a Trust we are aspirational for all those in our community to be the best they can be, and our curriculum will provide exciting opportunities for pupils. We look forward to welcoming families, and wider community members to our school, and for the academy to become a member of our Trust family.”
The curriculum at the Marleigh will be led by a focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), together with a direct focus on pupils acquiring high quality English competence as well as creating a love for reading and the arts.
Anglian Learning have a formal Memorandum of Understanding with Arts Council England and the innovative curriculum will include a focus on arts subjects to support children’s cognitive skills and excitement in learning.
It will promote wellbeing and positive relationships both as individuals and within groups, enabling pupils to build their resilience, experience risk and adventure and develop essential skills and attributes.
Cambridgeshire County Council will deliver the building via the Free Schools Capital Programme self-delivery method. Contractors will be Morgan Sindall and project managers Faithful and Gould. Anglian Learning has been involved in this project since the outset.