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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Stockton community invited to consultation events for new NHS-sponsored Academy

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Issued on behalf of NHS Stocktonon Tees

People are being invited to find out more about an NHS-sponsored Academy during a series of consultation events in Stockton.

Drop-in sessions have been arranged at a variety of venues across the town starting from next week (Feb 3) and running to February 18, where people will be on hand to offer information about the new school, answer questions and listen to feedback.

NHS Stockton-on-Tees is sponsoring the new North Stockton Academy, which will have a science specialism and a health, well-being and sport theme. This is the first time a primary care trust has been the lead sponsor of an Academy.

The new academy will replace Blakeston School Community Sports College and The Norton School Humanities College when it opens in September this year, and will aim to transform the educational experiences of young people and improve their employability, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Stockton College Consortium, involving both Stockton Sixth Form College and Stockton Riverside College, will be co-sponsors of the proposed Academy, along with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Celia Weldon, Director of Corporate Development at NHS Stockton-on-Tees, said: "One of our key aims is to educate and improve the health of young people in the local area and what better way to do that than by making health and well-being a part of their schooling. We very much look forward to engaging with the community and hearing what residents think of the development."

Councillor Alex Cunningham, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We firmly believe that an Academy, which draws on the experience, knowledge and investment of the combined sponsors, will bring even greater success and levels of achievement for our young people in north Stockton.

"We encourage people to assist in its development by attending one of the events and sharing their thoughts with us."

The event details in Stockton are as follows:

Somerfield, High Street, Norton, Wednesday, February 3, from 10am to 1pm
University Hospital of North Tees, Hardwick Road, Thursday, February 4, from 1pm to 5pm
Norton Library, High Street, Norton, Friday, February 5, from 10.30am to 2pm;
Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre, St John's Way, Monday, February 8, from 11am to 2pm
David Lloyd Leisure, Tees Barrage Way, Monday, February 8, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Teesside Shopping Park, near Mothercare, Thursday, February 11, from 10am to 2pm
Castlegate Shopping Centre, Friday, February 12, from 10am to 2pm
Sainsbury's, The Glebe, Friday, February 12, from 2.30pm to 5pm
Asda, Portrack Lane, Tuesday, February 16, from 2pm to 5pm
Splash leisure centre, Church Road, Wednesday, February 17, from 10am to 12.30pm, and Thursday, February 18, from 1pm to 4pm
For more information about the North Stockton Academy and details of the consultation events, go to