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£3m primary school plans at Silver Springs Academy
Wednesday 22nd January 2014 @ 15:58 by Max Wieland
NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the new school.

NEW LOOK: An artist’s impression of the new school.

Plans are afoot which would see pupils of a Stalybridge school benefit from a brand-new multi-million pound construction.

Bosses at Silver Springs Academy, of School Crescent, are currently waiting to hear back from Tameside Council who will give the verdict on the application and which would see the demolition of the existing school to be replaced with a new two-storey facility.

The plans also include car and cycle parking at an increase of ten spaces each, a drop off bay and a ramped access to the sports pitch.

The school’s headteacher Deborah Mason said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for everyone involved at the school.

“We have done our best to make the plans modern and to keep disruption at a minimum if approval is given.

“We have had a lot of feedback from parents, pupils and the community and we hope the new building will maintain this upward trajectory of pupil’s development in a building that will be fit for purpose.”

It is a planning process that first started last July after the school came to the conclusion that they have maximised the opportunities available to them, believing the application will see the achievement of every child maximised.

Pupils even compiled a top ten wish-list which has seen many items make the final design, such as a higher specification IT department with wireless internet available throughout the building.

Mrs Mason added: “It’s been a fantastic time to be involved with Silver Springs while we have planned our ideas and everyone is really pleased with the finalised design.

“Unfortunately the school was built before people had cars and another aspect which will be greatly appreciated is the improvement in parking and drop off-bays.

“This development is about delivering the best school possible for our community.”

In order to facilitate the new £3m expansion the existing school building will be retained until the new school building has been constructed.

Once completed, the new school building will be handed over for use, allowing for the demolition of the existing building to take place.

If planning permission is granted then work is expected to start in March and be completed by the end of October.

Tony Powell, Director at the Great Academies Education Trust which sponsors Silver Springs said: “We’re committed to providing the best facilities
possible for our communities and developing this new building for Silver Springs Academy reinforces that.

“Silver Springs Academy is in the heart of this fantastic community so we want to make it the best that it can be. It is still early days but we’re looking forward to developing a new building that everyone can benefit from.”