(c/o Skegness Standard) : Work is under way on a new £3.7 million academy in Skegness to meet the demands of a growing population.
The Beacon Primary Academy was officially started with the cutting of the first turf by Patricia Bradwell, Lincolnshire executive councillor for children’s services. She said: “At a time of rising birth rates and pressure on school places, it will bring much-needed extra capacity for children in the Skegness area.”
Commissioned by the council, and funded from the DfE Basic Needs Grant, the school is to be managed by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust which also sponsors the Skegness Academy.
Corinna Wright, currently assistant principal at the Skegness Junior Academy, has been appointed principal of the new school. She will be in post before the build takes shape and based at Skegness Academy which is opposite the new school.
She said: “It is a unique opportunity and I’m very much looking forward to taking on the challenge of working alongside the GDFT to build an academy with strong academic and community values and ethos.”
The school, on Burgh Road, will have seven classrooms along with hall facilities, office accommodation, external play areas and car parking. It will be open for the first intake of 30 pupils in September who will join the reception and year one classes. Growth will be controlled with new intakes each year over five years until it reaches its full capacity of 210 pupils.
A GDFT spokesman said: “Due to an expected increase in the birth rate and increased migration, the school is being built to cope with a perceived shortfall to come so it is being created for children who may not have been born yet. It’s about providing a greater capacity for the early years age range.”
Barry Day, chief executive of the GDFT, said he was ‘delighted’ delighted to be opening the acedemy. “We have already demonstrated that we are committed to the highest of standards and we expect outstanding levels of achievement in all areas of the academic and personal development of pupils.”