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Big plans, bright future

Designs for multi-million pound investment in Tees Valley academies unveiled

Thursday, January 19, 2012


The initial designs for multi-million pound investment in two Tees Valley academies will be revealed to pupils, parents and residents next week. 

Carillion Construction Limited has been appointed by Stockton Council to improve buildings for the Teesside University sponsored, Freebrough Academy in Redcar and Cleveland and Thornaby Academy on Baysdale Road in Thornaby.

Stockton Council is acting as the delivery authority for this batch of academies on behalf of the Government.

The £5.5 million Government investment in Thornaby Academy will see the development of a new Business and Enterprise (BETA) Centre and new front entrances to the Academy. The BETA centre will lead into a heart space for whole Academy assemblies, performances, dining and flexible teaching spaces. The Academy will also gain four remodelled and refurbished learning hubs, a new Open Learning Centre and post-16 hub as well as significant investment in their ICT provision. Artist impression - Freebrough Academy

Drawings showing how the buildings are likely to look after the works are complete will be displayed at Thornaby Academy on Thursday 26 January between 6pm and 7:30pm.

Principal of Thornaby Academy Maryssa O'Connor, said: "Everyone is invited to come and find out more about the investment in our facilities.

"We are all very excited about the improvements which will certainly support our young people's learning as well as raising aspirations among both pupils and support the wider Thornaby community.”

Meanwhile £2.8 million of Government money will be used to build a new 6th Form Enterprise Centre within the grounds of Freebrough Academy. The Centre will be a mix of informal, open plan and formal teaching spaces as well as four business incubator units so students can start up their own businesses and a large design workshop linked to a state-of-the-art design suite and printing facility. The Centre and the existing Academy will also see investment in ICT provision.

There will be a chance to see how the Academy will look following the investment at Freebrough Academy on Wednesday 25 January between 6pm and 7:30pm.

Principal of Freebrough Academy, Linda Halbert, said: "It is fantastic to see our vision for an Enterprise Centre start to come into fruition.

"The state-of-the-art facility will not only enable us to deliver post-16 education, it will also help us further develop our curriculum to support our Business and Enterprise specialism."

Representatives from Carillion, the academies and Stockton Council will be at both drop-in sessions to talk through the designs.

Teesside University is the lead sponsor of both Freebrough and Thornaby Academy.

Redcar and Cleveland College are the lead education sponsors of Freebrough Academy while Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are co-sponsors.

Stockton College Consortium, involving both Stockton Sixth Form College and Stockton Riverside College, along with Stockton Council co-sponsor Thornaby Academy.

Construction is anticipated to start at both Thornaby and Freebrough Academies in April 2012.

Works at Freebrough Academy is expected to be finished by December 2012 while the buildings at Thornaby Academy will be complete by March 2013.

Meanwhile, Carillion Construction Limited has also been appointed through Stockton Council to build the new Government funded multi-million pound North Shore Health Academy building on land off Norton Road.

The initial designs for North Shore Health Academy were displayed at a drop-in session last month.

Construction is expected to start on the combined North Shore Health Academy and myplace youth facility at the end of next month so young people can start learning there from April 2013.

North Shore Health Academy is sponsored by NHS Stockton and co-sponsored by Stockton College Consortium, involving both Stockton Sixth Form College and Stockton Riverside College, along with Stockton Council.