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Green light for Sky Academy free school

By Natasha Swift 19th April 2017

Green light for Sky Academy free school
GREEN LIGHT: For new school

A NEW free school is due to open on the site of the Eco Town after it was given the go-ahead by the Government.

On Thursday the Department for Education announced that ACE Sky Academy and Eden Project Nursery had been approved to open.

In January the Atlantic Centre of Excellence Trust (ACE) was invited to attend an interview with the Department for Education to explore all aspects of the proposal for a new 420 place primary school and a 60 place nursery as part of the West Carclaze Eco-Community.

The school will initially accommodate foundation stage and build up each year to form a two form entry school.

While the Eden Project Nursery planned for the same site will have a capacity of 60 three to four year old children.

The nursery will serve primarily the growing eco-community at West Carclaze as well as meeting wider local need and is due to open from September 2019.

The eco scheme, which is being led by Cornwall Council, landower Imerys and developer Eco-Bos plans to transform the redundant china clay land to provide 1,500 new homes, a new primary school, green space, employment space/local centre, new cycling and pedestrian routes and landscaping.

The trust is working with Eco-Bos and the Eden Project to deliver the nursery where children will be learning outside for 80 per cent of the time.

The motto ‘Start Local, Think Global’ will be at the heart of the school curriculum and the trust’s vision to build an international school with a sustainability ethos.

The natural environment will also be used as a tool to fully engage children in learning at the primary school.

Planning permission has now been granted for the West Carclaze Eco-Community, which recently received Government recognition and funding from the Garden Villages Initiative.

Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, said: “Following the approval of the Eco-Town, I believe it is important to ensure the appropriate services and infrastructure are in place before these houses are built.

“Primary Schools are already at capacity in our constituency and the addition of further housing will exacerbate this."

"I am therefore pleased to welcome the announcement providing much needed Primary School places for children within Mid-Cornwall.

"This is also a positive step in expanding the choice of schools available to parents and I believe the connection with the Eden project in West Carclaze offers fantastic opportunities to our young people.”

By Natasha Swift 19th April 2017

Jim Chapman 23rd April 2017 15:15
A new primary school for the eco town development, out of interest where are all the secondary school children going to go to school?
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