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.
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.
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.
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