Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Exciting plans for St Michael's Catholic Academy to be unveiled

Friday, May 09, 2014

Proposals for the redevelopment of a Billingham Academy will be on display next week.

Local residents, students, staff, parents and carers are all invited to St Michael’s Catholic Academy to find out more about exciting plans to rebuild the Academy.

This will provide a first class learning environment for Academy pupils and a range of facilities for community use during weekends and evenings.

The Academy is to benefit from multi-million pound funding through the Priority Schools Building Programme.

Anyone with an interest in the Academy can go along to see the initial drawings at a special drop-in session. It is being held 4pm-7pm on Tuesday 13 May. There will be opportunities to see the plans and meet representatives from the school, Education Funding Authority and Kier Construction to discuss the proposals.

The Priority Schools Building Programme is delivered by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) who has appointed Kier Construction to design and build the development.

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Ann McCoy, said: “This is a really exciting time for all that learn and work at the Academy as well as the wider Billingham community.

“We want to make sure that the facilities and design of the Academy reflect our intention to ensure all our young people have the opportunity to learn in an environment which supports the teaching, therefore giving our young people and education that can help them strive to reach the ambitions and aspirations. That’s why I would like to encourage local community members as well as young people, parents and staff to come along to the drop-in sessions so we can hear their feedback.”

Maura Regan, Chief Executive Officer, Carmel Education Trust, the lead sponsor of St Michael’s Catholic Academy, said; "This building programme will create fit for purpose facilities to further enrich the academic and cultural aspirations of our young people. It's place in the heart of the community of Billingham will be a symbol of investment in the lives of present and future generations."

It is hoped that work will start later in the year, subject to planning approval being granted, so that young people can start learning in the improved facilities from Autumn 2015.

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