Plymouth primary school design plans put to parents
PARENTS have been reviewing plans for a new primary school.
The public consultation gave local people a chance to discuss the design of the new buildings and see drawings, models and visualisations.
The school will offer a community theatre and community dance studio on its Trevithick Road campus.
Principal of Marine Academy Primary School, Helen Mathieson, said: "It's been quite overwhelming just how enthusiastic the parents have been about MAP2 and they have given us so much encouragement in the work that we are doing to make the Marine Academy Plymouth site something that the whole community can be proud of and be involved in.
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"Our Shining Stars Nursery is mostly full now and it's obvious that the parents of all our children – whether they are in the nursery or in the secondary school – are delighted that the addition of the primary will mean that they can rely on the strength and resources of the University School from 0-19 and onwards into Higher Education.
"Their children's education will be on one site, in purpose-built facilities and where the overall ethos is one of driving excellence and future prospects."
Marine Academy Plymouth opened in September 2010, replacing Tamarside Community College.
Hayley Scott, from Barne Barton, went to Tamarside Community School, the school formerly on the MAP site.
And now the 28-year-old's daughter, Daisy-May Tucker, will start at the school in September.
She said: "Daisy-May went to Shining Stars Nursery and we wanted to keep her with her friends.
"It looks brilliant there, you wouldn't know it was the same school, it looks completely different to when I was there. We were going to enrol her in another school but we changed our mind when we went up there and saw the plans for the school."
The latest developments come on top of Marine Academy Plymouth's £10million new-build and classroom refurbishment.
The school will open with two reception classes and one Year One class, growing year on year.
When full, MAP2 will have places for up to 420 local pupils aged four to 11.
The AstroTurf pitch will provide an all-weather playing facility for use by the community as well as MAP's football academy and Plymouth University.
The building will incorporate a training hall, three classrooms and an indoor training theatre.
The Combined Cadet Force hall will also be available for use by the community.
Plymouth City Council's online application deadline for primary school places was on January 15, however the school is reassuring prospective parents they are still able to apply for a place as hard copy applications are still being accepted.