School run at heart of academy

THE busy school run has been placed at the heart of a new £50million all-age academy development in Northumberland.

Keys for the new William Leach campus in Lynemouth will be handed over to the Northumberland Church of England Academy on Monday.

And as part of the wider project — which includes academy sites in Ashington and Newbiggin — Northumberland County Council says it has put a huge amount of detailed planning into making sure there are easy and safe routes to the five new complexes.

The School Travel Plan aims to promote sustainable travel for the school journey and audits of routes are being carried out.

Council Executive Member for Public Protection Alan Thompson said: “We are making sure that parents and children can get to school easily and safely. I’m delighted that we are working with local people and moving a step closer to opening these wonderful new facilities.”

The academy will provide learning facilities for pupils aged three to 18.

Of the £50million investment, £2million is being provided by the council, with the rest funded by the Department for Education and other grants.

Developer Kier will hand the keys to the Lynemouth building to the council’s Head of Commercial and Property Services Frank Jordon next week, who will pass them on to Executive Director of the academy Phil Hearne.

Mr Jordon said: “We are creating good quality schools and high quality facilities for school pupils and their families.”