Holbeach academy vision is unveiled

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THE VISION for the controversial academy planned for Holbeach has been unveiled as part of another consultation on the matter.

A website has now been set up for ‘An Academy for South East Lincolnshire’ and has launched a consultation backed by the University of Lincoln, the academic sponsor for the plan.

This consultation – separate from another launched by Lincolnshire County Council – is asking for views on the £8.25m revamp of the George Farmer Technology and Language College site between now and May 20.

The document explains how the academy will work closely with the university, including its neighbouring National Food Manufacturing Centre campus.

The cash will be used to fund new refurbished classrooms, science labs and sports facilities for 1,150 students.

If agreed, the academy will be set up on both the George Farmer and St Guthlac school sites, with the Crowland school due to close by 2013 once the academy work is complete.

In the document university senior deputy vice-chancellor Andrew Atherton states: “We are delighted that the university has been given the opportunity to sponsor the proposed new academy, which we believe will make a real difference to so many young people in the area.

“It will provide a truly excellent educational experience that caters for students’ individual learning needs and encourages each and every one to excel through an innovative curriculum and inspirational teaching.”

The document also outlines four possible names for the new school - Holbeach Academy, South Lincolnshire University Academy, Lincolnshire Fens Academy and South Holland Academy.

Last week we revealed that South Holland District Council has backed a motion to oppose the closure of St Guthlac School.

A consultation meeting will be held at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding from 6.30pm on May 11 and the document can be downloaded from www.holbeachacademy.org