At an event on 26th May, the construction site for a major new school in Glebe Farm was officially opened. The new ‘All through’ school will cater for children from Reception through to Year 11 and provide places for up to 1,530 pupils, plus provision for a 39 place full-time equivalent (FTE) nursery.
The new school is expected to open from September 2022 in several phases according to local demand. 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.
Development of the school is taking place on a 95,000m2 site – an area larger than 13 football pitches, off Burney Drive in Glebe Farm. The local community will have access to its wide range of sports facilities, including indoor courts and outdoor pitches which can be accessed via a separate community entrance. The plans also include access to a fitness suite and the main central forum space for community events.
Following an extensive process in 2019-20, Inspiring Futures through Learning Multi-Academy Trust (IFtL) was selected to run the new school. The Trust already runs nine successful schools in Milton Keynes. The opening ceremony saw representatives from IFtL, members of the council, construction company Morgan Sindall and local partners, place their signatures on to the steel structure.
Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “We’re so excited to be at the stage where this important building can begin taking shape. However, we know that a school is so much more than bricks and mortar and we have huge confidence in the new school leadership.”
“This school, which will provide continuous and uninterrupted support for pupils as they progress through full-time education, is essential to support the growth of this area. As Milton Keynes continues to expand, we will continue to invest in and prioritise our network of high-quality schools.”
Sarah Bennett, CEO at Inspiring Futures through Learning said: “At IFtL, we feel enormously privileged to be taking forward the vision of MKC and the local community in ensuring that Glebe Farm School is an inspiring, ground-breaking and ambitious place of excellence for everyone to be part of. Today’s ceremony represents a real celebration of the drive, passion and expertise that is being invested into this school from all our partners for the futures of our children, families, Milton Keynes and beyond.”
The new school will cost approximately £31m and will be funded from a combination of Basic Need Government funding, Section 106 grant funding and council borrowing.
Since 2015, five new schools and 18 school expansion projects have been delivered to support an increase of 4,112 pupils. 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.
Morgan Sindall has deployed energy-saving technology for this building project including zero carbon site hoarding, an onsite solar-powered generator and several solar panels, minimising any potential impacts on the local community. The school itself will also be ‘gas free’ in line with the council’s vision for future sustainability.