Last updated: 8/12/2020
Q: If the temporary school opens in 2021 and the planning permission for the new site does not get agreed, this would mean further delays, could my child spend more than two years in the temporary building?
A: The building being used temporarily for Great Park Academy is purpose-built accommodation and a brand-new permanent asset of the Gosforth Academy site, which opened in September 2020. It will be used by Great Park Academy from September 2021 until the new permanent school is ready for occupation.
The Secretary of State will only approve the funding agreement if there is confidence that the new school will be ready and open for September 2023. Whilst every effort will be made by the Department for Education to deliver to that timeframe, and that is what we are working toward, they cannot guarantee that the project will not be delayed. As a contingency, any temporary location agreed by the Secretary of State must demonstrate the capacity to accommodate the school should a project be delayed.
Q: If the school opens in 2021 in the temporary building, could my child in two years having started the school find themselves without secondary education if the problems and delays continue?
A: Once your child is offered a start for September 2021, their place is secure through to Year 11.