Construction at Whitelands Academy, Bicester’s newest 600-pupil school, continues to progress well. Located within Kingsmere, the 5,210 sqm school will host 26 classrooms, a garden area, a four-court sports hall with changing facilities and external social spaces, which include allotments. Sports enthusiasts will also be well catered for, with sports pitches for rugby, hockey and football, as well as a multi-use games area, being built.

Andrew Carrington, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited, the developer at Kingsmere, said: We are delighted that construction is progressing well to build Whitelands Academy. It marks a very important milestone in Kingsmere’s development. The new academy will enhance the education offering we already have at Kingsmere, firmly positioning the development as a top choice for families looking to be within walking distance of good schools. At Countryside, we pride ourselves in developing places where communities can thrive, and education is at the very heart of this.

The Whitelands Academy will feature exceptional facilities that support a broad, balanced curriculum and provide the ideal setting for an outstanding education. The learning and social spaces have been designed to engage and enthral the interests and appetites of every learner, ensuring a rich educational experience for the young people of Bicester.

Other key features at the school will include a main hall linked to a drama studio, a dining area with access to a covered seating area and provisions for basketball and netball, along with ample parking spaces for cars and bicycles.

The new school will complement the education offering already present at Kingsmere. The first new primary school at Kingsmere, St Edburg’s Church of England Primary School, opened in January 2016, allowing it to relocate and double in size. The oldest and only Church of England school in Bicester, St Edburg’s enjoys state-of-the-art facilities which include outdoor learning spaces, a multi-use games area, sports pitches, sensory garden and nursery play area.

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