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We are delighted to confirm that work on state-of-the-art educational and leisure facilities in Consett will go ahead following the approval of detailed plans by Durham County Council. Councillors had already given the development outline planning permission in 2010 and members of Durham County Council’s County Planning Committee approved the detailed proposals on 5 March 2013.

The new academy and leisure centre – which together form part of a £43m investment in the town – will be built on the Belle Vue site, with construction expected to start later this year. The academy will bring unrivalled educational facilities on a single campus, offering students the chance to fulfil their potential and bringing learning opportunities to the wider community.


Our new Academy campus build, is a visionary project to build an iconic, flexible, learning environment and a thriving heart to the local community.

Based on the three key concepts of inspiration, creativity and innovation, an environment will be created that allows each student to excel, whether in academic endeavours, work-centred learning, sport or the arts.

We will shape contemporary learning areas, supported by modern learning technologies. Your child will enjoy 21st Century facilities and an IT rich environment. We will use a range of digital technologies, offer bespoke science laboratories/studios, technical areas and a cutting edge design and research area to enhance the curriculum experience for all our students.

The new campus will reflect our Academy’s ambition to be the leading provider of education in the area, with a bold design to encompass a wide and modern curriculum. High quality facilities will promote the best quality learning experience. We will create a campus that reflects the highest possible aspirations for all our learners. The campus will be built using the latest technology and materials, to ensure that your child is in the best possible environment in which to learn and to enjoy Academy life.

The displayed image is a computer generated image of the propsoed new Academy & Lesiure Centre Building


Building work has finally started on our new build.  Students and staff were invited to join Durham County Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Councillor Ossie Johnsn, Pat Glass MP and members of the sponsor organisations.  Prior to this ceremony (and throughout the build process) we have commissioned a company to aerial photographs.  You can see them on our Website Image Gallery/New Campus Folder.  Regular updates will be posted.