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Stylish plans for school

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

Stylish plans for school
The design for the new school at Nansledan.

PLANS to build a new primary school in the Arts and Crafts style within Newquay’s major housing expansion have been submitted to planners.

The Duchy of Cornwall has put forward a detailed planning application for Nansledan Primary School following the Government providing a multi-million pound funding package.

The free school will be operated by the Aspire Academy Trust educational charity and has been designed by Francis Robert Architects and Alan Leather Associate.

Subject to planning consent Nansledan Primary School is due to open in time for the September 2018 school year with two reception classes of 30 children in each. The 14-classroom school is earmarked to take in a further 60 children each year over the following six years, primarily from families moving into the Duchy of Cornwall housing scheme, and will eventually cater for around 500 children. The school will occupy a 4.7-hectare site off Quintrell Road in the southern Nansledan quarter of Chapelkenrhwili, next to an avenue of 60 sycamore trees planted to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and the proposed Park an Chapel community park.

CG Fry and Son, which is constructing many of the houses in the Nansledan scheme, has been contracted to build the school.

It will have a hall as the main focal point at the centre of the building, flanked by classroom wings at either end. The reception and ground floor infant classrooms will have glazed outdoor verandas, and the first floor junior classrooms will share two large roof terraces.

The school will have off-white render and a sweeping roof of pantiles topped by a lantern.
Rooftop wind catchers and dormer windows will help keep the building naturally ventilated. Cornish granite and slate will be used throughout the school grounds in keeping with the Duchy’s commitment to source materials locally where possible.

There will be two all-weather sports pitches suitable for netball, hockey, tennis, basketball, and football, plus a larger full-sized grass sports pitch for rugby and football. The school will also have outdoor play and teaching areas, including new habitats to promote a variety of wildlife.

The grounds of the school will additionally include an orchard and allotments to teach children about where their food comes from as part of wider plans for Nansledan to promote local food production.

Tim Gray, the estate surveyor to the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “We are committed to
providing public amenities early on in the development of Nansledan because they are vital to a sustainable community, so this planning application is a significant milestone. The new school will create an attractive environment for learning with its own particular character and sense of place, and will be a real landmark on the southern approach to Nansledan.”

Free schools are state-funded schools that are independent of local authority control, which have the freedom to decide the length of school day and term, their curriculum, teacher pay and how they spend their budgets.

Aspire’s deputy chief executive, Vanessa Bragg, added: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity to create an outstanding school from day one. We are taking the sustainable ethos of Nansledan – including its use of local resources, locally-grown food and walkable neighbourhoods – to inform and shape the school curriculum in a way that not only complements the surrounding development but reinforces what Nansledan has to say about how we lead our lives.

“The Duchy has demonstrated how to do things differently at Nansledan and that resonates with our own mission to innovate and create a world class centre of excellence for primary school education here in Cornwall.”

Nansledan is the urban extension to Newquay being built on mainly Duchy-owned land to the east of the main town. Work started in 2014 and it will eventually comprise some 4,000 new homes, a similar number of jobs and a range of community facilities.

Nansledan embodies the principles of architecture and urban planning championed by The Duke of Cornwall and includes a series of walkable neighbourhoods where people can meet most of their daily needs on foot. Walking and cycling to the new school will be encouraged and it will be just 10 minutes’ walk from more than half of Nansledan, and just 20 minutes by foot from the whole of the development.

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

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