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March
2013
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Find out more about the plans for Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy

Members of the community are being encouraged to have their say about revised plans for a brand new school which will provide hundreds of much needed secondary school places in the south of the borough.   

Mossbourne Academy – one of the most successful schools in the country – wants to open a second school on the former site of Cardinal Pole lower school, near Victoria Park. The school will utilise the grade II listed former hospital for its general teaching needs, with specialist facilities located in a new building on the site. 

The plans also include the pedestrianisation of Lammas Road and a new sports hall which will be available for the community to use.   

The plans have been available online and at a series of drop-in events. The design has been further developed in response to views gathered during the informal consultation.

Most people have said they support a new school being developed on the site but some were concerned about the location of the proposed new building. The latest plans preserve the space around the historic building and most of the new building will be shielded by a line of mature London Plane trees located on Well Street Common.   

Peter Hughes, Principal at Mossbourne Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to create another Mossbourne Academy in Hackney. As always, in the inner cities, there is a juggling act with the need to have excellent schools in boroughs like Hackney and the needs for residents to have well designed buildings.  We will meet with residents and we are confident that, with goodwill on all sides, we would be able to build a school which will be in keeping with the area."

Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “This is an opportunity for the council to work with Mossbourne Academy to deliver a much-needed new school in the area of our borough where the need is greatest. Over the next few years, the pressure on our schools is going to get greater and greater, so we need to build while we can.   

“Despite this being an immensely complicated project involving a small space and a listed building, with a very limited budget from the government, we’ve been able to adapt the plans to take on board residents’ concerns. I hope this means we’ll be able to satisfy both residents living near the site and the families who desperately want reassurance that there will be a good, local school to which they can send their children in years to come."

The school will provide places for 800 pupils. The council, working with Mossbourne Academy, hopes to submit a planning application next month. It is hoped the new school will open in September 2014.   

To find out more or have your say visit www.hackney.gov.uk/mossbourne-victoria-park

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