New sec­ondary school set for first 180 pupils

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

The new £22 mil­lion Hamp­ton Gar­dens sec­ondary school is now ready to wel­come its first pupils when the sum­mer break ends next week.

The academy will be­gin ed­u­cat­ing 180 chil­dren in Year 7 be­fore even­tu­ally ac­com­mo­dat­ing 1,500 pupils, in­clud­ing 300 in the Sixth Form.

The school is the first to be de­liv­ered jointly by Peter­bor­ough City Council and Cam­bridgeshire County Council and will serve young peo­ple in both Hamp­ton and Yax­ley.

Cllr Lynne Ayres, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion at the city council, said: “It’s re­mark­able that just 18 months ago the school was a de­sign on a piece of pa­per and now it’s ready to re­ceive its first ever stu­dents.

“I’m cer­tain this mod­ern and in­no­va­tive build­ing will in­spire pupils to achieve their very best in the years to come.”

The academy, which is based near the new Hamp­ton Gar­dens devel­op­ment, was mostly funded by the Gov­ern­ment’s free schools pro­gramme and is op­er­ated by Hamp­ton Acad­e­mies Trust.

The head­teacher is Al Green­wood who was ap­pointed deputy head­teacher of Hamp­ton Col­lege in 2011.

Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 3G all­weather sports pitch, am­phithe­atre and a learn­ing re­source cen­tre.

There is also a din­ing hall, dance and drama stu­dios, a large Sixth Form cen­tre at the top of the build­ing with views across the site, and a range of well-equipped sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries in­clud­ing a spe­cial­ist ‘show lab’.

Cllr Mac Maguire, who rep­re­sents Yax­ley and Farcet on the county council, said: “Yax­ley has not had its own sec­ondary school un­til now but this joint ven­ture with Peter­bor­ough City Council has been tremen­dous and it’s a beau­ti­ful school.”

Hamp­ton Gar­dens Sec­ondary School. Head teacher Al Green­wood

Hamp­ton Gar­dens Sec­ondary School.

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