The University of Cambridge Primary School will be a three-form entry school run by a trust, UTS Cambridge.

The school provides education for children aged four – 11.

It is a mixed-ability co-educational school. It does not have a specific religious character, nor a particular faith ethos.

The School opened in September 2015 to its first intake

In addition to providing an inclusive and high-quality primary education for local children, the University of Cambridge Primary School will also offer unique training and research opportunities through its close relationship with the Faculties and Departments of the University of Cambridge.

Full details about the primary school are available at www.universityprimaryschool.org.uk.

UCPS_Children walking into School

Primary School

Completed for the start of the academic year 2015

Design

The primary school is a circular building with a central courtyard that incorporates innovative design with learning clusters, flexible teaching rooms, communal areas and play spaces. It has been designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, in close consultation with the University’s Faculty of Education and leading educational experts. The school will create a democratic, optimum learning environment that meets the educational needs of the children and the overall vision of the school as a world-leading education research facility. 

School Building Aerial_ April 2015

Building the School

13 months to complete the facility

Construction timeline and milestones

The University of Cambridge Primary School opened in September 2015. It has always been planned that the school will be the first operational building as part of the North West Cambridge Development, welcoming the children of residents and a local catchment to this new community.

The University has appointed Willmott Dixon as the contractor for the Primary School building. 

The key milestones for their programme are below.

Construction started – November 2014

Foundations completed – January 2015

Steel frame completed – February 2015

Roof completed – July 2015

Phase 1 Watertight – June 2015

Phase 1 Internal Fitout then Phase 1 handed over to School – August 2015

School opened in Phase 1 – September 2015

Phase 2 Watertight – July 2015

Phase 2 Internal Fitout then Phase 2 handed over to School – early 2016

The construction of the primary school was split into two phases to enable the delivery of the school to be operational at the start of the academic year 2015-16.  The first phase of the new school building included the main hall, dining hall, and teaching facilities and outdoor spaces for the children who will be joining in September 2015.  The completion of the second phase of the school building occured in December 2015 and included the remaining classrooms and outdoor spaces.