TAMWORTH residents have visited a new housing development in the town to find out more about the new primary school being built on site.
The all-day consultation event on Thursday (8 October) was organised by staff from the new Anker Valley Primary Academy and hosted at the sales office of Ashberry Homes’ neighbouring Oaklands development off Ashby Road. The school, which is currently under construction, is due to welcome its first pupils in September next year.
Dozens of people booked one-to-one appointments with school staff to ask questions about the academy, the progress of the build, and the provisions it will bring to the area. The event was part of a formal consultation period which runs until Monday 19 October.
Maria Hamblin, who is to be the Executive Headteacher of Anker Valley Primary Academy, has worked in schools around Derbyshire and Staffordshire for over ten years.
She said: “These types of events are an essential part of creating community spirit. We want the opinions of local people and we want to maintain a relationship with them. We sent out questionnaires to those who were attending the event to find out exactly what they wanted to know so we could be as helpful as possible.
“We hope that the school will be the hub of this new community and the fact that the school is being built so close to the homes means that children can walk to school and feel safe.
“It is very exciting, and we are delighted that we have been given the opportunity to open up a new school. We are not only looking to provide an outstanding place for children to learn, but also offer provisions for the local community as a whole.
“We have had a really positive response from the people of Tamworth and other schools in the area. Having a solid relationship with the local authority has also been a massive help.
“Ashberry Homes has been amazing to let us hold our event in its sales office at Oaklands. It is a generous gesture that we really appreciate.”
Anker Valley Primary Academy is being built at a cost of more than £5 million, funded by developer contributions and the Government. As well as a number of classrooms within a two-storey building, it will also have playing fields and a playground for outdoor PE.
The first children to attend will be in nursery and reception, and the school will grow year-on-year to eventually cater for 210 pupils up to Year 6. Holiday and before-and-after school provision will also be available.
Claire Black, Sales Manager for Ashberry Homes East Midlands, said: “Anker Valley Primary Academy will be the first new school to be built in Tamworth in over 40 years, which is very exciting for local people.
“The fact that the school is located in such close proximity to our Oaklands development has added to the appeal of the high-specification homes on offer and we have seen a great deal of interest from prospective buyers from Tamworth and also further afield.
“As a housebuilder, we aim to develop good relationships with local organisations which surround our developments, so we were more than happy to lend the school our sales office so they could host their consultation event.”
Ashberry Homes’ Oaklands development will comprise two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, with prices currently starting from £200,000.
For more information, visit ashberryhomes.co.uk.