Morgan Sindall to deliver three schools in Greater Manchester for DfE

Pear Tree Academy, one of three new schools to be delivered in Greater Manchester by Morgan Sindall.

Three new schools in Greater Manchester are scheduled to be completed next year providing education for more than 1,600 children and young people.

Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to deliver the schools in the region for the Department for Education.  

Star Radcliffe Academy in Bury will be a five-form entry, 750 place, 11-16 secondary school. During its opening year, the school will admit an intake of 150 pupils in Year 7. The school, operated by Star Academies, will continue to admit a new intake of Year 7 pupils at the beginning of each academic year and is set to open in September 2024. It was granted planning permission earlier this month.  

Pear Tree Academy is a new SEND school in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport operated by the Prospere Learning Trust. The school will specialise in catering for students with severe learning difficulties and other associated needs for young people aged 11-18 and will provide 133 places following its scheduled opening date of September 2024.  

Dixons Newall Green Academy is a new secondary free school operated by the Dixons Academies Trust, with temporary accommodation opening in September 2023 for the intake of 140 Year 7 pupils. Once completed, the school will serve 750 students aged 11-16 in the Wythenshawe district of the city of Manchester.  

Elsewhere in Greater Manchester, Morgan Sindall is already on-site undertaking a significant new build and refurbishment project at Newhouse Academy in Rochdale, where it is building a new two-storey 16,100 sq m building with lobby and toilet facilities, along with associated plant and landscaping works.    

Simon Arnott, managing director for Morgan Sindall Construction in the north-west, said: “We are proud to be delivering these three new schools for Greater Manchester, as well as our ongoing work at Newhouse Academy, working collaboratively with the DfE and the respective Academy Trusts   

“Working on so many education projects across the region simultaneously presents us with a unique opportunity to make a really significant contribution to the region’s educational offer and local economy – an opportunity we’re determined to deliver on.”  

Throughout the build programmes for all four projects, Morgan Sindall will deploy its Intelligent Solutions approach to bring together digital and platform design with modern construction methods and innovative carbon reduction tools to create inspiring new facilities that will help students across Greater Manchester achieve their potential.   

There will also be employment and training opportunities created within the build programmes as well as targeted social value programmes addressing the differing needs within the four Greater Manchester communities.  

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