FCAT plan for a new school


15 December 2015

A new all-age school is being planned for Blackpool by The Fylde Coast Academy Trust.

If the proposal is accepted the facility will be up and running by September 2017 and cater for 1,090 students at full capacity. It will be the first purpose built new school of its kind in the resort in decades.
No official plans have been drawn up yet but it will be modelled on Unity Academy on Warbreck Hill Road, which caters for pupils from nursery age up to 16.
Although no specific area has been identified – the Department for Education is responsible for allocating the site – it is hoped that the new facility will be in the south of Blackpool and would have a catchment area spreading as far as Lytham and St Annes.

Felicity Greeves, chief executive of the academy trust and pictured above being interviewed by Radio Wave's Andy Mitchell, said: “The new school will build on the outstanding practice which already exists in our academies.
“One of our existing schools, Unity Academy, is a joint primary/secondary school and this is proving to be very popular with the community.
“We are looking forward to being able to make the same offer to parents and carers in the south area of the town.”