Works Gets Under Way On Academy’s New Build
The bespoke building, which is due to open in September 2012, is set to become a huge asset for both the Academy and the local community.
Built on two levels with a 28-metre diameter central courtyard, it will boast a 450-seat theatre, a sprung timber floor sports hall, two Astroturf pitches, two 'super labs' to further support the science specialism and a purpose-made drama and studio.
In addition, students will access the building using a smart card system, which will act as an automatic register.
The development reflects the ambitions of the Academy, as part of the Brooke Weston Partnership, to drive up standards and provide quality learning opportunities for all.
The Partnership's Executive Principal, Peter Simpson, said the new building will combine elements of its two sister Academies, Brooke Weston Academy and Corby Business Academy.
He said: "This is a building designed for learning and it will allow students to achieve their very best.
"This is partly because of some very good extra facilities but also because it's a building that permits good behaviour and learning.
"It mixes the best of Brooke Weston, with its central quad, with the best of the Business Academy, with its glass-fronted classrooms.
"It's a very secure building which has been designed with pupils' safety in mind and to minimise bullying."
Principal Martin Campbell said: "The new build will provide our students with facilities that are fit for purpose and that will enhance the work we do to help raise aspirations even further."
The building's green credentials include a first for any school in Northamptonshire - a hi-tech heating system located under the lower playing field.
This will regulate the temperature of the water flowing through the underground pipes so that it can be used in the Academy's heating and cooling systems, helping to reduce energy bills.
Students will continue to use the existing Academy building while work to the new campus is underway - Mr Simpson has said ensuring current students receive the best service possible will be a top priority.
Jeff Foster, Project Manager at Wilmott-Dixon Construction which will be carrying out the work, said: "This building will change the lives of children, future citizens and this community. The Brooke Weston Partnership is leading change in education."
Councillor Andrew Grant, county council cabinet member for children and young people, said: "Northamptonshire County Council supported this project as applicants for the planning application and I am therefore delighted that planning permission has been received. I look forward to seeing what I believe will be a landmark building providing high quality education in Kettering."
Over in the Primary Phase, plans are being drawn up for a £1.3m programme of refurbishment and improvement works.
The aim is to create a single campus to link the two buildings together.