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Work starts on new school

By Warren Wilkins 20th January 2021

Work starts on new school

Work to build a new primary school in Newquay is due to get under way on Monday. Newquay Primary Academy will be built within the grounds of Newquay Tretherras, and is on track to open its doors to new reception children in September.

The school has been designed to accommodate 420 pupils. The new school will boast specialist facilities such as science and technology rooms.

The contract for the school has finally been signed despite the various challenges presented by the national pandemic, with the Newquay Primary Academy project team working closely with the Department for Education.

They were keen to ensure Newquay provides sufficient capacity for its fast-expanding community, especially after projections indicated the need for additional reception-age places by September 2021.

Newquay Primary Academy is part of Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT). Lisa Mannall, CELT trust lead, said: “A huge amount of thought and planning has gone into the design and development.

“We are absolutely delighted to see our plans now becoming reality. “Our CELT mission is ‘Learning together to help every child achieve more.’ “This is embodied in a shared school site with Newquay Tretherras School and a shared approach to education.

“This provides a unique opportunity to support each child for the whole of their learning journey from age three to age 18.

“Newquay Primary Academy pupils will learn in specialist facilities such as science and technology rooms not accessible to most primary school pupils.”

Craig Hayes, Newquay Primary Academy’s executive head teacher, said: “Our historic school motto – Proba Tene (hold fast) – echoes our belief in the importance of doing the right thing, working hard together and being resilient in everything we do.

“I have been working on this project since late 2015 and we have definitely had to ‘hold fast’ to overcome challenges and obstacles in order achieve our dream for the Newquay community.

“My next job is to work alongside my colleagues to employ an outstanding staff team and create a safe, calm, happy and purposeful place where every child feels wanted, loved and valued for exactly who they are.

“My newly-appointed team will work collaboratively over the next few months to create a curriculum that will develop our pupils' independence, confidence, resilience and curiosity. “This is not just wonderful news for me, but an exciting time for our first cohort of
pupils and their parents as their primary school career begins.”

Steve Dunn, CELT’s building project manager, said: “The building is designed by a former Newquay Tretherras pupil, Carl Harding of Stride Treglown Architects. We look forward to working with the design team and contractor, Caledonian Modular, to deliver this project, which will use modern modular methods of construction to quickly deliver a state-of-the-art new teaching facility in which pupils will thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.”

By Warren Wilkins 20th January 2021

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