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Ocean Academy Poole completed

Poole’s new junior school, located on the old Fourways site on Constitution Hill Road, has been completed after just over 9 months of on-site construction.

Using a combination of modular and conventional steel frame construction, contractor McAvoy Group has delivered the new school in time to open in September. 

Ocean Academy

Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People and Capital Projects at the Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted the new school, the first newly established school in Poole for 22 years, has been completed. It will help meet the growing need for junior school places in the central Poole area, due to increased numbers of children already in our infant schools.” 

Ocean Academy Poole will be a junior school with 90 pupils in each year group (three forms of entry). The Council selected Aspirations Academies Trust as the academy sponsor of the school, which will open in September 2015 to Year 3 only, growing year on year until Year 6 completes the school in 2018. It will have capacity for 360 pupils in total when it is full; 90 pupils in each of four year groups.

Borough of Poole and Aspirations Academies Trust will continue to work closely over the summer months to ensure everything is in place for Ocean Academy Poole to open to pupils in September 2015.  

Ellen Humphries, Principal Designate of the academy explained:  “We will be visiting pupils in their current schools and getting to know them, and we are also planning an exciting transition day for pupils on 2 July, when they will get their first glimpse of the fabulous new building, its resources and meet the staff.  Information sessions and tours for parents are also planned so that everyone can see what Ocean Academy has to offer.”

Cllr White added: “On Monday 6 July we’ll also be holding an open afternoon for local residents to come and have a look around the school.  Many local residents were there at our early consultation events, so we’d be delighted to welcome them back to see the finished product. Please drop in anytime between 3 and 7pm.”

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