New school for Cranbrook

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Posted on: 9 February 2012

Future pupils and staff of the first primary school to be built in Cranbrook visited their new building last week.

In the summer, Clyst Honiton primary school will close. It will re-open as St Martin’s Church of England primary at Cranbrook in September.

On Friday the pupils and staff joined councillors, developers, and members of the clergy to inspect the progress on the new school building.

County council leader John Hart, Cabinet member for Exeter, Andrew Leadbetter, local county councillor Peter Bowden and county councillor and East Devon council deputy leader Andrew Moulding were all present along with head of service for economy and enterprise, Ian Harrison.

The new building will feature a purpose built foundation stage unit, a forest school, superb grounds and innovative learning spaces.

It will have capacity for 420 pupils aged from four to 11 with an additional 30 places for nursery children.

Our Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, Christine Channon, said: “Devon County Council strongly believes in the concept of local schools for local children.

“Too often in the past, developers have built houses without planners ensuring there is adequate infrastructure.

“At Cranbrook, everyone has worked hard to ensure that the town is self-sufficient from the start and that all the facilities and amenities to help to create a happy and viable community are present from the very beginning.

“I firmly believe that St Martin’s will be ready to play a key role in the education of Cranbrook children from the moment it opens its doors in September.”

Clyst Honiton head, Tania Beard, said: “The children have been so excited about actually getting to see where their classrooms will be.

“Our vision is that St Martin’s will become the core of the community, drawing from and giving to the community it serves.

“Working with key partners and through innovative and creative partnerships, we will provide a 0 – 90+ curriculum in which the whole community can contribute to and benefit from the many learning experiences that will be available.

“Our aim is to maximise on the incredible opportunity that we have been given so that our children and the children who come here in the future develop a love of learning coupled with a sense of curiosity and wonder.”

St Martin’s will be the first of three new schools in Cranbrook.

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