New £7.2million primary school to open in Milton Keynes next year

Artist's impression of the new primary school in Oakgrove
Artist's impression of the new primary school in Oakgrove

A new state-of-the-art primary school costing £7.2million is due to open in September next year.

MK Council will build the new school on the Oakgrove development - making Oakgrove School the first ‘all-through provider’ in the city.

From autumn 2016, the ‘outstanding’ school will welcome nursery and primary children up to Year 6, where they will then transfer to Oakgrove’s secondary campus.

The new school, which will eventually cater for 669 children, will have a purpose built nursery and foundation stage areas, specialist teaching rooms and ample drop-off parking for parents/

Councillor Norman Miles, Cabinet Member responsible for Children and School Improvement, said: “This is a very ambitious project which will make a real difference to young people’s education in the Oakgrove area, and demonstrates how effectively we can work in partnership with schools.”

The Kingsbridge Educational Trust, established by Oakgrove and Middleton primary schools to oversee this new development, is holding an information evening, starting at 6.30pm on July 8 at Oakgrove for prospective pupils and parents.

Peter Barnes, who is leading the project on behalf of Oakgrove School, said he was tremendously excited by the new provision.

He said: “Oakgrove School has been a phenomenal success since we opened it 10 years ago.

“Our academic achievements have been truly something to write home about, and the chance to develop similar excellent standards in primary and nursery education, helping our much younger children get a ‘firm foot on the ladder’ is a dream come true.”

Mr Barnes added: “The specifications for the new school are state of the art and the architects, Wates Construction, which will be building the school, and Milton Keynes Council have only one aim in mind - to provide the best school possible.”

Mark Dolling, Capital Programme Director at MKC added: “The council has always an excellent relationship with Oakgrove School and we have been delighted to work in partnership with Peter and his colleagues on the development of this scheme.”