£5m Academy given heritage thumbs-up

Blackpool Civic Trust members look around Blackpool's newest school, Gateway Academy.
Blackpool Civic Trust members look around Blackpool's newest school, Gateway Academy.
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Blackpool’s newest school has impressed members of the resort’s Civic Society, who visited the South Shore primary for a sneak peek before it opens it doors in September.

Members of Blackpool Civic Society visited Gateway Academy, in South Shore, to see the school of the future.

Blackpool Gateway Academy, as seen from Yeadon Way

Blackpool Gateway Academy, as seen from Yeadon Way

And the £5m academy certainly impressed the visitors.

Secretary Sharon Sanderson said: “It’s a lovely school.

“There’s a lot of areas for children to play in.

“We liked that it can be used as a community centre, I think that’s important for that area.”

The school, off Seymour Road, boasts 14 classrooms each with access to its own toilets and on to the playground, as well as four separate learning pods’, a specially designed technology area, drama studio and amphitheatre.

It is intended the school will also be used as a community centre, with specially built areas to be partitioned off for community events.

The Society has also looked around newly developed schools St Mary’s Catholic College in Blackpool and Highfield Humanities College in South Shore.

Mrs Sanderson added: “When anything is newly built, or any building of interest in Blackpool, we like to go round and have a look at it.

“Being members of the civic society isn’t just about old buildings, it’s also about the new things being built, they are of interest because they’re the heritage of the future.”

The school was named by seven-year-old Katie Bell, a pupil at Gateway Academy’s partner school Westcliff Academy in Bispham.

“I chose Blackpool Gateway Academy because it’s at the gateway into Blackpool and it’s a gateway to learning,” she said.

In September it will welcome a new cohort of reception class pupils, filling up on a yearly basis, reaching its capacity of 420 pupils and 60 staff by 2020.

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