The University of Cambridge Primary School Opens for the New Term

Rachel Lambert
The primary school is the first operational facility to open as part of the North West Cambridge Development.

The University of Cambridge Primary School is intended to be an inspiring learning community for children and teachers. The new school will be a mixed-ability co-educational school for children aged 4 – 11.  It will not have a specific religious character, nor a particular faith ethos. The school will offer a high quality education for children, from Reception to year 6 that is ambitious, innovative and inclusive for all.

The primary school is part of the North West Cambridge Development, a £1 billion sustainable mixed-use development to create a new district and extension to the City, centred around a mixed academic and urban community. The development is the largest single capital development project that the University has undertaken in its 800-year history.

Faithful+Gould has been working with the University of Cambridge since 2012 and to date we have provided CDM co-ordination services on all of the North West Development’s first phase Lots and also acted as client representative, including focussing on the delivery of the new primary school.

The iconic design of the three-form entry primary school will be the combination of primary education with a purpose-built research facility and the provision of professional learning for teachers. The school will also work closely with the University of Cambridge Faculty Of Education in the provision of placements for initial teacher education trainees, and with the Faculty and school partners in the conduct of learning-related research.

Professor John Rallison, Chair of the University of Cambridge Primary School Trust commented: “Our aim is to build a primary school of which Cambridge University can be proud. It will provide a first-rate experience for its children based on educational policies that are rooted in evidence and research. It will also provide a first-rate centre for the training of primary school teachers. Our ambition over time is to create a school that will be a beacon of excellence
having both national and international influence.”

The second phase of the building will be completed in December 2015 and in time will have an overall enrolment of 630 pupils. Currently the school has pupils from reception, year 1 and year 2 in attendance. The school will also provide a 78-place nursery facility.

See the time-lapsed footage of the building of the new school courtesy of North West Cambridge Development.

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