Cambridgeshire County Council has approved planning permission for a new primary school and nursery as part of the Marleigh development site on Newmarket Road, just north of Cambridge Airport. The state-of-the-art school will be integrated into the Marleigh ‘mini-town’ development, which has already had 500 homes approved, but plans to have up to 1300, with shops, a local market, and a woodland area also under consideration.

The school would provide spaces for 420 children aged three to 11, with 52 spaces in its nursery, and will be part of the wider Anglian Learning academy, which currently has 13 schools across the surrounding areas.

It is being developed by Marshall and Hill, a joint venture between Hill and Marshall Group Properties created specifically for the wider Marleigh development.

Emphasis will be placed in particular on the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as well as helping children acquire high-quality English competence and helping nurture a love for reading and the arts, following the heritage and nature of the city.

There will be allocations for two classes per year group, which will be set around a shared learning area, as well as having sports facilities including an all-weather pitch, a vegetable garden and a woodland area for outdoor learning.

Paul Rayner, director of primary education at Anglian learning said “We are delighted to get the go-ahead to bring the wonderful plans for the Marleigh Primary Academy to life. The new school and nursery will offer an outstanding environment both indoors and outdoors to excite and engage children in their learning.”

The school is provisionally set to open in September 2022.

Photo source: Anglian Learning

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