Last week two consultation events attended by more than 200 people were held to share information and gather feedback about a new secondary school planned for Wisbech.
Plans - including the presentation given at the consultation events - can be viewed on the project website which will be regularly updated.
The 600-place Secondary School will be built on land owned by the Council and will serve the current pupil population in the villages to the north and west of Wisbech and those living in Wisbech Town west of the River Nene. It will also enable the Council to meet the future need for places arising from new residential developments in the town.
The site on the western edge of the town off Barton Road was one of a number of potential options in and around Wisbech considered in detail by the Council. It was selected for the following reasons:
- It is well-placed to respond to the housing growth proposed in the Fenland Local Plan and the proposed Garden Town - supporting the strategic development of the town and responding to future population growth.
- It has the potential to reduce the number of cross river trips in Wisbech from west to east as the catchment area of the existing secondary school (The Thomas Clarkson Academy, (TCA)) includes the area of the town to the west of the river and the villages to the north and west of the town.
- It is the only one large enough to include purpose-built accommodation for 60 pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. This will enable the TBAP Unity Academy to relocate from their current leased site in Wisbech.
- It is owned by the Council so time consuming and potentially costly land acquisition is avoided. Sufficient land is available to enable the secondary school to be increased in size in future and to accommodate a new Primary School to provide for additional school places that would be required when the planned development of West Wisbech occurs.
Subject to planning permission, construction will begin in autumn 2019 with TBAP Unity Academy moving into their new accommodation in late autumn 2020 and the Secondary School ready for occupation by September 2021.