Parents thrilled by new Blyth school
Parents have described Northumberland's first academy as "wonderful and inspirational" following a visit to the ÃÂ£30m school taking shape in Blyth.
The Emmanuel Schools Foundation's Bede Academy - which is being developed on two sites and will educate youngsters aged from three to 18 - is to open its doors to pupils in September.
Now parents who have helped shape the new engineering specialist school have been given a preview of what it will offer their children.
Members of Bede Parents' Consultative Group, set up by ESF to allow parents to work closely with the project team, were shown around the primary academy at South Beach, along with 90 children who will start there in September.
Group member Kirsty Carling said: "I was totally amazed by it. It's obviously not finished yet, but I got quite emotional thinking about what a first-class school this is going to be for local children.
"They have done an outstanding job on it and I think a lot of children will be very grateful for the chance to learn in a place like this.''
Liz Clubbs, principal of the primary years academy, said:" I am pleased that the parents enjoyed their tour and were so positive about what they saw. Their input has been hugely beneficial to us in delivering what will be an exceptional school for local children."
The secondary element of the Bede Academy is being developed on the site of the former Ridley High School.
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