Plans for new resort school go on display

Charlotte Vickers, admin officer at the Solaris Centre views plans for the Armfield Academy
Charlotte Vickers, admin officer at the Solaris Centre views plans for the Armfield Academy
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Plans for the Armfield Academy, set to open in Blackpool next year, have gone on show.

Some 25,000 leaflets have been delivered to homes across south and central Blackpool, and St Annes, inviting residents to view the drawings at the Solaris Centre, on the Promenade.

A consultation event will also be held at the Burlington pub, in Lytham Road, South Shore, from 6.30pm on Monday, May 8.

The academy will be built on the site of the former Arnold School in Lytham Road, with Conlon Construction appointed to lead the multi-million pound project.

The all-through school, which will have 1,280 pupils aged from two to 16, is set to open next September under the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT)’s control.

It will launch with 24 youngsters in its nursery, 60 in reception, and 160 in Year Seven – with plans to be full by 2025, the leaflet said.

Work is set to start on the site this year, and finish in 2019, after the school opens.

Chris Lickiss, Unity Academy’s former headteacher, has taken the helm, and said he is ‘honoured’ to do so.

He added: “I am determined to ensure that our school immediately delivers at the highest level.”