Plans for Ely’s new primary school are submitted

08:15 25 June 2014

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How Ely's new primary school will look


Plans for Ely’s new primary school were submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council this week.

How Ely's new primary school will lookHow Ely's new primary school will look

The 630-place Isle of Ely Primary School is due to welcome its first class in September, but it will share premises with St Mary’s Primary School, in High Barns, until 2015, when it will move into its own building.

The new school is being built in the north of Ely, off Cam Drive, to serve a development of some 1,200 houses which will be built over the next 20 years.

The school will be managed by the Active Learning Trust, which also looks after Neale Wade Academy, in March, and the head teacher will be Bryony Surtees.

How Ely's new primary school will lookHow Ely's new primary school will look

This week, Cambridgeshire County Council unveiled its plans for the school for the first time and it is set to feature a purpose built after-school club, 52-place early years facility, outdoor classrooms and sports fields.

Architects Frank Shaw Associates, which put the plans together, labelled them “inspirational”, saying: “The design allows for the creation of an inspirational learning environment within a well developed sustainable and robust building, with the provision of flexible and adaptable spaces which will meet changing educational needs.”

They added that the building would be climate conscious and home to a range of energy-saving features including heat recovery ventilation units, daylight-detecting lights and air source heat pumps.

The school will also be built to take advantage of maximum amounts of sunlight. Up to 130 cycle spaces will also be installed.

To view the plans, or to have a say, visit

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