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New Secondary School Achieves Planning Consent

30 April 2013

Planning permission was granted on 17th April 2013 for a new 750 pupil Secondary School and sports facilities at Great Kneighton. The new school will include a Special Educational Needs (SEN)/Autism centre to accommodate students with Asperger's Syndrome, community sports facilities and playing fields located within the Great Kneighton Country Park opposite the school site.

The new school, to be known as "Trumpington Community College" will be part of the Parkside Federation comprising Coleridge Community College and Parkside Community College. The school will operate on an extended day 0800 to 1800, 48 weeks a year and is planned to have a science specialism.

The proposed sports facilities include a floodlit all weather pitch, two floodlit tennis/netball courts, a sports building comprising reception area, sports hall, gymnasium, fitness studio, dance/drama/aerobics area, changing facilities, studio room and storage areas. A performance hall, lecture theartre and catering facilities are located on the ground floor with the aim of encouraging community use. The community sports facilities have been designed with the needs of the community in mind and will be capable of being operatied as a 'standalone' facility out of school hours or to be run as one entity with the school.

The school is scheduled to be open in September 2015.

The delivery of the new primary school is likely to come later. The County Council plan to extend the existing Fawcett Primary School first, located adjacent to Great Kneighton development

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