Community opinions sought in Dartmouth Academy rebuild
All members of the Dartmouth community are being asked to give their views on what the £8.5 million rebuild of the town’s academy should achieve.
The consultation – which will be online – will be launched for members of the community on October 12 in the Academy’s Sixth Form Centre.
The last major building project for an educational facility in Dartmouth on this scale was the building of the current Academy in the late 1970s.
The academy’s rebuild will start in June next year, and will be completed in the autumn term of 2013. The build represents the largest investment in education in the town ever – and to make sure it represents what the community want, the Academy’s leadership team are determined to canvas as many views as possible from the community who will be using it.
Academy Principal Nick Hindmarsh said: ‘We are an important place for many people in the community, not just parents and families, but many other groups who use our facilities. We are interested in what dreams and aspirations the community has for its academy after the rebuild. We are looking not only at what is physically there, but asking what kind of academy do they want?
‘We are looking for the community to get involved because their views really count. We are going to be releasing every response we get in the survey anonymously, so that people can see every suggestion and view people give. This is a once in a generation chance and we want to be sure we know what the Dartmouth community hope for and expect.’
The results of the public consultation will be used by the leadership team and Governors of the Academy to create a ‘brief’ for the developers when they are producing their plans for the rebuild in January.
Governor Mary Shaw said that the community aspect of the consultation was vitally important.
“We need to make sure we take the views of the community into consideration,’ she said. ‘This Academy has to be a community resource and have strong connections with the community too. We need to know what they want from their Academy and also what aspirations they have for it in the future. Please get involved!”
The community consultation event will take place in the Sixth Form Centre of Dartmouth Academy on October 12 at 7pm. For more details go to www.dartmouthacademy.org.uk, or call 01803 839700.
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