The education offer at Northstowe is key to its success and community sustainability. The town will have in the region of eight dedicated new schools including pre-school and nursery, primary and secondary, sixth form and special educational needs (SEN) teaching. It will offer the next generation, and those looking to up-skill, the opportunity to grow, develop and set themselves up for a creative, and productive future.
A wide variety of skills are required to build a town from scratch and Northstowe will benefit from partnerships between schools and local businesses for local apprentice schemes.
Schools will be located within easy walking distance from homes and the town centre and will be easily reachable by foot, by bus and by the network of designated cycle lanes built into Northstowe’s transport infrastructure.
The first primary school in Northstowe, managed by the Diocese of Ely Board of Education, is already open. The school has three forms of entry (630 places), a 52 place pre-school and an out-of-school club.
The school is aiming to become a focal point for the new Northstowe community with a Community Wing, pop-up cafe and home working hub due to open in 2017.
The first secondary school (academy) will open in September 2019 run by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT). The school will open initially for 600 pupils in its first phase and be extended in subsequent phases to 1,200 and finally 1,800 pupils.
CMAT is also the sponsor for the 400 place post-16 facility which will be co-located with the secondary school and open in a later phase of the Northstowe development.