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Doors open at UK's largest school

Nottingham Academy
The academy could take as many as 3,600 pupils by 2011

A new school which has opened in Nottingham is the largest in the UK, the government has confirmed.

The Nottingham Academy has been created from three schools in the city, Greenwood Dale, Elliott Durham and primary school Jesse Boot.

Greenwood Dale, which was rated as "outstanding" in an Ofsted inspection, is sponsoring the academy to help raise standards in the other two schools.

The academy opened its doors on Monday to 2,200 pupils.

The school, which takes pupils from the ages of three to 19, has opened on the sites of the three predecessor schools in Nottingham's inner-city.

I reject this nonsense that youngsters from inner-city schools cannot do as well as those from leafy suburbs
Barry Day
Nottingham Academy chief executive

A chief executive has been appointed to run the academy, with a head of school chosen at each of the three sites.

New buildings are expected to be completed by 2011 which will allow for the number of pupils to rise to 3,600, the school said.

Barry Day, Nottingham Academy's chief executive, said: "We serve a very deprived inner-city area.

"We already have a track record of getting a large number of pupils through to university.

"I reject this nonsense that youngsters from inner-city schools cannot do as well as those from leafy suburbs."

Mr Day said the number of pupils would not affect learning, as the academy would operate as "schools within a school".

"The idea that it's a big organisation... yes, it's got a lot of pupils, but we have divided it down into three schools.

"We're also breaking it down within those three schools; for examples into Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, nursery, and post-15.

"All of those divisions will bring you down to smaller numbers of youngsters, managed by a senior member of staff."



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