Drone pilot takes aerial view of work at two new Littleport schools

Work starting on the new Littleport School, Camel Lane,

Work starting on the new Littleport School, Camel Lane, - Credit: Archant

A new video has been released to show how building work is progressing at the site of two new schools in Littleport.

The three minute clip was made by drone pilot Andrew Cardwell and gives an aerial view of the £37.5 million project.

Chief Executive, Gary Peile, said work was underway and on schedule.

“I am delighted at the progress at Littleport and the support of local schools and parents for the new provision,” he said.

“We have an excellent working relationship with the county council, the builders and other colleagues involved in developing what we expect to be two excellent schools for Littleport and East Cambridgeshire.”

The two schools, sponsored by the Active Learning Trust, are due to open in September 2017.

The scheme to open a new secondary and special needs school was agreed by the Department for Education in June.

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Talks are also underway with Littleport Leisure Centre around possible opportunities for collaboration with the new schools.

Work began in January.

Last year the whole scheme, which includes schools and a leisure centre, looked to be in jeopardy as Littleport Leisure Trust and the parish council were at an impasse over who would run the new leisure centre.

Local MP Steve Barclay stepped in to broker an 11th hour compromise between the two sides and in June East Cambridgeshire District Council submitted a planning application for the project, which at that time was estimated would cost around £34 million.

However, a spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council confirmed the latest figure in December was for £40 million.

The secondary school will cater initially for 600 pupils aged from 11 to 16, with the potential for future expansion up to 750 pupils.

The special school on the same site will cater for around 100 pupils aged from two to 19 with special educational need