Northstowe News

New schools in Northstowe move one step closer

The schools at Northstowe are moving a step forward following the appointment of Kier as the design and build contractor just before Christmas. The development team are taking the initial plans for the secondary and special school to the Cambridgeshire Design Quality panel on 5 February.

Northstowe is a new town being built five miles north-west of Cambridge with strong transport links into Cambridge by the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. Housebuilding has already begun at Northstowe as Phase 1 has been started, and the new schools will form an education campus close to the proposed town centre in Phase 2. 

In 2008, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) proposed the new secondary school and post-16 provision to Cambridgeshire County Council where it was approved as school provider. It was later approved as provider of the SEN school in early 2017.

The schools in Northstowe are set to serve not only the town, but also the surrounding villages. The secondary school will initially open for pupils entering Year 7 only and will grow incrementally as the school is expanded in phases. 

Now the building contracts have been decided, the Northstowe team within CMAT are working with Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Homes England and Kier to develop the initial plans. They are hoping to secure planning permission by April 2018, with construction due to begin in Autumn/Winter 2018 and to be ready to welcome its first set of pupils in September 2019. 

Andy Daly, Executive Principal of Swavesey Village College and Northstowe, said: “We’re really pleased with how the plans are progressing for the schools in Northstowe. We have ambitious plans for Northstowe, where the school is at the heart of the new town, bringing people together to create an empowered local community. 

“Last term was a busy period for our Northstowe team as they have also been out meeting prospective students and parents face-to-face at the Year 5 parents’ evening at Hatton Park Primary School. We’ve also been holding termly updates at Pathfinder and Hatton Park as we feel it’s important for the community to be involved with the school before it’s opened. It is an exciting time for CMAT, Swavesey Village College and the local community, and we are pleased that we now able to start bringing this vision to life.”

Terry Fuller, General Manager of Strategic Land at Homes England said: “This is an important milestone in the development of a new, vibrant community at Northstowe, which will ultimately see 10,000 new homes built at the site. Alongside vital infrastructure works also due to commence in the coming weeks, the new secondary school will help provide the facilities needed to unlock delivery of these much needed new homes.” 


Public Consultation Education Campus: exhibition 21 February 2018

We are pleased to announce that proposals are being developed to design and construct the Northstowe Education Campus. The campus, which will be built in a number of phases, will ultimately provide primary (including pre-school), Secondary, SEN (Special Education Needs) and sixth form provision, as well as sports and community facilities.

The emerging proposals focus on the development of a robust masterplan, covering the whole of the campus, with a specific focus on the Phase 1 provision comprising a 4FE secondary school and sports provision, 12FE secondary core facilities, 110 place SEN school and elements of indoor and outdoor community sports.

The project team, comprising Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), Homes England, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council supported by Kier Construction and architects, Frank Shaw Associates, have been developing initial proposals for some months and would welcome your views on the emerging design concepts.

A public consultation event has been arranged for 21 February from 3.30pm until 7.00pm. This is a drop in event and will be held at Pathfinder School, Northstowe. 

The project team recognises the importance and value of consulting with the local community and would welcome your views on the emerging proposals as part of the ongoing development of the scheme, ahead of submission of a formal planning application.

Representatives from the project team, including CMAT as the school sponsor, will be pleased to discuss the current design proposals with you and would welcome your views. 

Subject to a satisfactory planning process, construction work will commence late in 2018 with a partial completion of core curriculum facilities to be available for September 2019 and Phase 1 completing the following June.