Whitelands Academy in Kingsmere has opened its doors to the first intake of secondary school students. Marking a major milestone in the development of the new village and meeting Oxfordshire’s educational needs, the new secondary school will initially open for Year 7 students only, before growing year-on-year with an eventual capacity of 600 students through to Year 11.

Located in the heart of Kingsmere, the 5210 sqm school has 26-classrooms, a four-court sports hall with changing facilities, sports pitches for rugby, hockey and football, as well as a multi-use games area with provision for basketball and netball. External social spaces have also been provided including a garden and allotments.

Other features at the school include a main hall linked to a drama studio, and a dining area with access to a covered outdoor seating area.

The opening of Whitelands Academy will further enhance the educational offer at Kingsmere. In January 2016, St Edburg’s Church of England Primary School in Bicester relocated to a new purpose-built school at Kingsmere, allowing the school to double in size. The school now enjoys state-of-the-art facilities including outdoor learning spaces, a multi-use games area, sports pitches, sensory garden, and nursery play area.

Adrian Cush, Whitelands Academy Principal said:

“We are so excited to have recently moved into our new site at Kingsmere. The school and grounds present many exciting opportunities to the young people of the local area and we are proud to welcome our first students here. The state-of-the-art school facilities at our disposal here are really fantastic, and it’s wonderful to be such an important part of this new community in Bicester.”

Martin Leach, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited said:

“We are delighted that Whitelands Academy has opened and is welcoming its first secondary school students, particularly during this time. It marks a very important milestone in Kingsmere’s development, the new academy will significantly enhance the education offering we already have here and firmly positions 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.”