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Oxford Academy gets 33m rebuild

Computer generated image of the new Oxford Academy
The Oxford Academy should be rebuilt by 2011

A £33m project to rebuild the Oxford Academy on the old Peers School site has been approved by Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet.

The rebuilt academy will provide facilities for up to 1,050 secondary school students and 400 sixth formers.

The Oxford Academy opened in September on the site of the failing school, using the existing buildings.

Councillor Michael Waine said the new building would be a huge boost for the people of Blackbird Leys.

Work is due to start next month and end in summer 2011.

A total of £29m in government money will finance the new academy, with £4m from the county council.

The project will also see Mabel Pritchard Special School rebuilt and the creation of a new library.

Mike Reading, principal of the Oxford Academy said: "We are delighted that work will soon start on our new academy building."

Peers School was identified as one of 638 "failing" secondary schools last year.

Only 19% of pupils attained five GCSE grades at A*-C, including English and maths.



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