Head teacher of Littleport and East Cambs Academy says opening was ‘great day with superb teamwork and fantastic determination’

PUBLISHED: 16:25 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 07 September 2017

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Left to right: Jess, head of school Scott Gaskins, and Scott.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Left to right: Jess, head of school Scott Gaskins, and Scott.

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The head teacher of a new school in Littleport has said the opening was “a great day with lots of superb teamwork on display and some fantastic determination”.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy: Scott Gaskins, head of school. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy: Scott Gaskins, head of school.

Skott Gaskins, who left his role as vice principal at Neale-Wade Academy, is now head of school at Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy: Mrs Way with students. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy: Mrs Way with students.

The academy, which is part of a £30 million site and run by The Active Learning Trust, opened to students for the first time yesterday (Wednesday September 6).

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

In a blog posted on the academy website ahead of the opening, Mr Gaskins said: “Having spent the whole week on site and seeing the amazing progress every day, the academy is ready.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy: Mrs Way. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy: Mrs Way.

“The students truly have an outstanding and unique campus to enjoy for the next five years. With superb facilities and a talented team of teachers and support staff, the students will have countless opportunities to progress and grow as the school grows with them.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Mrs Digby with students. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Mrs Digby with students.

“Some of the unique features of the academy are:

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Libby and Will. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Libby and Will.

1. “Sharing the campus with Highfield Littleport Academy SEN, meaning that we can share expertise across both schools on a daily basis.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

2. “Sharing the campus with the new Littleport Leisure Centre who are, under the leadership of Dawn Holmes, already creating sporting opportunities that the students will be able to access in the months and years ahead.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

3. “Our Trust, The Active Learning Trust, already has three successful secondary schools which LECA will draw good practice from while also developing our own unique identity.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

4. “Our ‘library’ is an online resource meaning that students have access to over 30,000 e-books which can be ‘pushed’ to their device or PC. We also have a range of traditional books for students to borrow too.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

5. “National standard sports hall and MUGA (multi use games arena).

An aerial shot of what Littleport and East Cambs Academy looks like from above. An aerial shot of what Littleport and East Cambs Academy looks like from above.

6. “We will always reward determination and resilience as part of our growth mindset ethos, not just progress and attainment. We see these attributes as vital to the success of our students and will be working with them to develop these skills from day one.”

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Two open evenings have been planned so far. Littleport & East Cambs Academy opens to the public for tours of the building from 4-7.30pm on Thursday September 21.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Then, on Wednesday September 27, from 5-8pm, there will be an open evening for prospective parents of Year 6 children.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

The four form entry secondary school, Littleport Academy, caters for 600 pupils aged 11 to 16, with the potential to accommodate 750 pupils in the future.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

The special educational needs (SEN) school on the same site will cater for 110 pupils between the ages of two and 19 and include a hydrotherapy pool for swimming therapy programmes.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy. Opening of the new Littleport and East Cambs Academy.

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