Construction progressing on Hampton Gardens School
Education has never been more important to a child’s chances of success in life. Hampton’s excellent school provision is a key reason why many families choose to live here - and it’s set to get even better.
Construction work began in January on the new Hampton Gardens secondary school, which will ultimately cater for 1,500 11-19 year-olds from the Hamptons and Yaxley.
Hampton Gardens breaks new ground as the first Hamptons school not designed and built by O&H Hampton. Instead, it’s a joint project between Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, and is being built by Carillion, a construction firm which has worked on a number local schools including the City of Peterborough Academy.
The school will serve the new villages planned for Hampton East and provide additional places for children in the existing Hamptons area and in Yaxley.
Following the precedent set by O&H Hampton when they created Hampton College, the first Hamptons secondary school, the new school is planned to have outstanding facilities designed with the community in mind.
O& H Hampton intentionally set the bar high for school design in the Hamptons. The high-quality facilities at Hampton College, which O&H Hampton completed in 2005, including a 200-seater amphitheatre and central square graced by a David Nash artwork, were intended as community assets.
Community to benefit from facilities
The new school, covering almost 10 hectares of land off the Clayburn Road junction, east of the A15, will have an all-weather sports pitch and multi-games area, amphitheatre, Learning Resource Centre, dance and drama studios and a range of well-equipped science laboratories including a specialist 'show lab'.
The building has been designed to provide good access to main facilities outside school hours and, says the new school website, “there will be plenty of opportunity for the community to benefit from the excellent facilities”.
Hampton Gardens also plans to match the high educational and behavioural standards reached by Hampton College, which has been rated as Good or Outstanding in its previous three OFSTED inspections. Like Hampton College, it will be run by Hampton Academies Trust, and be a free school, independent of local authority control.
School numbers will be built up in stages. The first intake, in September 2017, will be 240 Year 7 children (children who are currently in Year 5), and the school will grow by one year group each succeeding year until it reaches full capacity.
If you are a parent, and would like to receive future updates and information about Hampton Gardens, you can register your interest on the new Hampton Gardens website at www.hamptongardens.org.uk/register-interest/ . Registering does not commit you to choosing Hampton Gardens for your child.
New primary schools
The Hamptons already have three excellent primary schools: Hampton Hargate, Hampton Vale and Hampton College Primary, the first two of which were built by O&H Hampton. So far O&H has provided over 23 hectares of prepared land for the Hampton school sites, with more to come.
The planned development of four new villages in Hampton will include building two new primaries, in Hampton Gardens and in Hampton Water.
O&H Hampton general manager Roger Tallowin says these schools will be located at the heart of the new residential neighbourhoods:
“Schools are a vital part of our communities. It has always been our vision for them to play a central role in establishing a focus for social and community activities in the Hamptons.”
Find out more about Hampton Gardens school at www.hamptongardens.org.uk which includes an impressive video graphic showing how the school will be built.