Dartmouth academy invites communit to help shape facilities everyone can use for the next 30 years
Dartmouth Academy is urging all members of the Dartmouth and District community to take part in its rebuild consultation – because it says the whole community will benefit.
The online consultation – which can be accessed by going to the Academy website – www.dartmouthacademy.org.uk – is open until November 4. The rebuild on the Dartmouth Academy Milton Lane site will begin in Summer 2012 and be completed in Autumn 2013. The build will cost £8.5 million, which is the biggest investment in public amenities in Dartmouth.
The academy leadership team is keen to get the views on the build from the whole community, because they hope to create a building and grounds which are used by the community groups, organisations and individuals for a variety of reasons. As it is an online consultation, they are hopeful that many people will take the time – usually about 10 minutes – to fill in the questionnaire.
Principal Nick Hindmarsh said: “We are an all-through Academy in a small community and want to be a place everyone uses regularly. We are looking to create a set of buildings which are sustainable, promote good education for our pupils and students, and that bring the community together.
“We have the opportunity to create a place used by sports clubs, study groups, businesses and individuals for a variety of reasons – these facilities will be in use for 30 years and we have to get their construction right for everyone in Dartmouth and its surrounding villages. We hope the community will take this chance to have a say on the design.”
The consultation will end on November 4, and then a number of contractors who are tendering for the build will then submit their ideas for the design of the build by Christmas. Two will be chosen to go forward and then a final decision on the contractor will be made by Easter – it is hoped that the ‘ground breaking’ on the re-build will happen as soon as GCSE exams are over in late June.
To fill in the survey go to www.dartmouthacademy.org.uk and click on Have Your Say on the front page. The Academy will have a stall at the Dartmouth Food Festival this week, where you can chat to members of staff about the rebuild and also fill in the questionnaire.