16 December, 2008
Planning permission has been granted for the new £31.5 million Academy in Beswick, east Manchester. Work will start in January on building The East Manchester Academy on Grey Mare Lane. It is due to open in September 2010.
The Academy will provide an exemplar high school that will raise aspirations and provide rewarding opportunities for young people. Students and parents will have a real voice in the academy in an ethos of mutual respect between adults and young people.
The culture will focus on providing a safe and encouraging environment to grow academically, personally and socially and gain the skills, confidence and motivation to access higher education and compete for jobs and future life opportunities.
The new school will be a centre of excellence for everything relating to the built environment, ranging from city and community planning, development design and construction, and the supply of services such as transport, building services, energy, ICT, maintenance and environmental services.
It will also provide a new District Library for the whole community of the wider east Manchester area.
Sponsored by Bovis Lend Lease and Laing O’Rourke, with co-sponsors Manchester City Council and The Manchester College, it will provide 900 places for 11 to 16 year olds as well as post 16 provision.
The Academy will differ from existing schools in that sponsors will work alongside teachers to design learning and assessment materials. All students will have personal mentors as well as round-the-clock access to materials and support to encourage ‘anytime, anywhere learning.’
Joint lead sponsors Bovis Lend Lease and Laing O’Rourke said: “We have been involved in the planning for The East Manchester Academy for two years and it is fantastic news that we have received planning permission and can start to make the Academy a reality for the people of East Manchester.
“The Academy will provide extended services for young people, their families and the wider community. The inclusion of a shared library amongst other services will make the academy a true community hub.”
The Academy will have extended opening hours and will aim to become the hub of the community, giving parents, families and the whole community the opportunity to benefit from the facilities.
The new District Library will offer a range of services including community activities, advice and guidance and adult learning. There will also be a cafe open to everyone.
Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member Children’s Services, Manchester City Council, said: “Work will soon begin on this flagship school, which will be a wonderful asset for east Manchester as well as Manchester as a whole. It will allow students to learn about the world of work and acquire all the education and skills to enable them to contribute positively to their community and workplace.”
Eddie Smith, Chief Executive of New East Manchester, said: “Education standards in east Manchester have made very significant improvements over the last five years following investment in new schools and support given to all secondary and primary schools in the area.
“The new Academy will help our young people take advantage of new career opportunities, including those being created by the continued regeneration of east Manchester. “Locating a new library there will help ensure that the Academy serves not only young people but the whole community.”
This news release was issued by Manchester City Council. For more information about the Council visit www.manchester.gov.uk
Source: Manchester City Council