A celebration took place in late June, as construction has started at Marleigh Primary Academy on Newmarket Road, Cambridge.

The event was led by CEO of Anglian Learning Johnathan Culpin, who was joined by chairman councillor of Cambridgeshire County Council Derek Giles, as well as members and representatives from Hill Group, Marshall Group, Morgan Sindall and L&Q.

When complete, the Academy will have the capacity for 420 pupils, and 52 nursery school children, with the school focussing on the STEM subjects- science, technology, engineering and maths

The school will also be part of Anglian Learning, making 15 schools’ part of the organisation in total, having already got six secondary schools and eight primary schools across the region.

The design of the site has taken into account a flexible approach to learning, with all younger year’s classrooms having direct access to outdoor learning, enabling pupils to understand that learning is a continual process. Older year groups will also have elements of outdoor learning in their curriculum, with all outdoor learning making maximal use of the strip of woodland on site.

Councillor Derek Giles, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council said” As the Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council, it is a great honour and privilege to form part of the history of Marleigh Primary Academy with this ground-breaking ceremony. I look forward to returning in 2022 to see the new school finished.”

Anglian Learning CEO, Jonathan Culpin said: “I am delighted that we have reached the construction stage of Marleigh Primary Academy and can celebrate this event at our ground-breaking ceremony. As a Trust we are excited to see the school being realised in bricks and mortar. This innovative school in the heart of a new community will provide an exciting opportunity for Marleigh families and our high-quality learning environment will provide inspiration and motivation to staff and pupils.

Kathy Jenkins of Marshall said: “This is a really important milestone for everyone involved in the Marleigh development and we are delighted that the new Academy will offer such a well-rounded education with a particular focus on the STEM subjects.  The Academy will sit at the heart of this inspiring new community, providing first class learning for local children and we look forward with excitement to watching their progress over the years ahead.”

Morgan Sindall Construction in Cambridge Area Director, Jamie Shearman said: “The ground-breaking ceremony at Marleigh Primary Academy marks an important milestone in delivering an exceptional educational facility for a new and vibrant community in Cambridge. We’re proud to be working alongside Cambridgeshire County Council and Anglian Learning on this high-end, specialist school. The landscaped grounds, thoughtfully designed classrooms and inspiring interiors that are now under construction will ensure the area’s current and future families receive a first-rate learning experience for many years to come.”

The new academy is at the heart of the new Marleigh neighbourhood, where 1,300 homes are already under construction. It is hoped the new school will be finished in 2022.

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