An ‘All through’ school (which caters for children from reception through to Year 11) has been given the go-ahead at Glebe Farm in South-East Milton Keynes.
The school will provide places for up to 1,530 pupils from reception to Year 11 plus provision for a 39 place full-time equivalent (FTE) nursery.
The new school is expected to be open from September 2022 in several phases according to local demand.
Development of the school will take place on a 95,000m2 site - an area larger than 13 football pitches, off Burney Drive in Glebe Farm. This will include sports facilities such as an artificial grass pitch which will be made available to the local community.
The school will be open to families living in Glebe Farm for children in Year R to Year 6 and a wider catchment - Glebe Farm, Eagle Farm, Woburn Sands and Wavendon Village for children in Year 7 to Year 11.
Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “This school will provide places for many children throughout their full-time education. They will not have to make the transition from primary into secondary school. They will be able to stay put and that will help them to focus on doing their best. We are delighted that the design process will be underway soon and look forward to sharing those plans. As Milton Keynes continues to grow, we will continue to invest in and prioritise our network of high quality schools.”
The new school will cost approximately £29m and will be funded from a combination of Basic Need Government funding, Section 106 grant funding and council borrowing. This budget includes the sports facilities and a 39 place FTE nursery. The design and planning phase is due to commence in March with construction starting in January 2021.
Since 2014, five new schools and 16 school expansion projects have supported an increase of 2,300 pupils in Milton Keynes. By 2026, it is expected that the population of Milton Keynes will have risen by 40,000 to almost 300,000. Milton Keynes Council has committed to ensuring there is a good school place ready for every child.
Further information about who will run the school will be available later in the spring.