Secondary school to expand to second site expected to cost £30million
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A secondary school in Haywood Village will expand to a second site allow almost 1,000 more pupils.
Funded through the North Somerset Council’s successful grant bid to Homes England, the expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy will be open to 900 more students.
Kier Construction Western and Wales has been chosen by the council to begin the design process for expanding the school, in Beaufighter Road, with a second site based in Locking Parklands.
Named after a historic parish of Weston, Winterstoke Hundred Academy joins Hans Price Academy, Broadoak Academy and Herons’ Moor Academy in the Cabot Learning Federation’s (CLF) cluster of schools in the town.
The projected build cost is ‘in the region of £30million’.
The timescale is still under review, but it will open at some stage between September 2023 and September 2024.
A CLF spokesman said: “At the current Beaufighter Road site will be the majority of the post-16 provision, as well as some of key stage 4.
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“The science and engineering facilities will therefore be available to students of different ages.
“This will enable us to deliver the whole curriculum for all students in state-of-the-art buildings, including excellent facilities for the arts.
“The split site model enables us to get the best possible experience for students from the funding allocated by the government.
“Each site will contribute to the offer according to its strengths. In addition, it ensures the total demand for places across the Weston area can be met in an efficient and scalable manner, supporting all current schools to remain fully sustainable.
“Less than a mile away, the Locking Parklands site will have room for sports facilities which will be available for community use as well as key stages three and much of key stage four will be based here.”
Cllr James Tonkin, the authority’s executive member for planning, highways and transport added: “The expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy is a really exciting project and we’re glad to have Kier on board to help us deliver it.
“We hope these new teaching facilities will have a hugely positive impact on the way pupils learn, providing them with even more opportunities for attainment.
"The school expansion will also help cater to the needs of our growing population, so that young people from families across the region are able to access the additional places and facilities.