A multi-million pound proposal is set to see Ryde Academy receive a brand new school which will accommodate for 1,500 students in five year groups (aged 11 to 16), after it was selected to benefit from the first phase of Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) last year.
The building itself will be a mixture of 2 and 3 storeys, and will provide a new sports hall, drama facilities, science, technology, engineering and maths facilities and classrooms.
Jo Muncaster, head of Sixth at the Academy, said: “I think it’s great, the old building isn’t really fit for purpose anymore and it’s time we had something more for our students.
“The nature of learning has changed a lot and so it’s really important to have a school with a good learning environment equipped with suitable technology and resources to enable students to be top grade learners. The new plans look really exciting.”
Should the new plans be approved by the Council, building work will begin in June and is expected to be finished by the summer of 2017 – meaning the school will then transfer into the new building ready for the start of the academic year in September.
Lesley Holmes, Chair of Governors at Ryde Academy, said: “The proposed new school building is a very important aspect of Ryde Academy’s continued progress in raising the aspirations and achievements of our current and future students.
“Ryde Academy is well on its way on a journey to improve the outcomes and life chances for our students.”