Peterborough plans 'much-needed' 1,500-place school

New school site, Hampton
Image caption The school will be built on a green field site on the edge of Hampton, an estate on the outskirts of Peterborough

A 1,500-place secondary school is to be built in Peterborough by September 2017 to "create much needed additional places in the south of the city".

The city currently has 13,720 secondary school places but predicts that number will rise to 18,000 by 2021.

The school will be built in Hampton, Peterborough and also serve Yaxley and Farcet in Cambridgeshire.

Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council will jointly fund the £24m project.

The school will include 1,200 places for 11 to 16-year-olds and a 300-place sixth form.

'On-going pressure'

Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for education, skills and university for the city council, said: "We have a duty to ensure there are enough school places for every child who needs one.

"This school will create much needed additional places in the south of the city."

The Hampton school is one of three secondary schools the council plans to build within the next 15 years.

The city council's assistant director of education Jonathan Lewis said: "Peterborough has a hugely transient population.

"I need to make sure we always have places... but it's an on-going pressure and we always need to respond to that."

Hampton already has one secondary school and two primary schools.

Peterborough City Council said it would lead the project and the new school will be run as an academy, once an education provider has been selected.

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