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Barton Court Academy Trust reveals name for new Canterbury school on former Chaucer site

The name of a city school set to be erected in place of a dilapidated building has been revealed.

The Chaucer Technology School in Canterbury has stood empty since its closure in 2015, but is due to be replaced with a new establishment run by Barton Court Academy Trust.

How the new school might look. A view looking towards the main entrance of the sports block. Pic: Noviun Architects (19442077)
How the new school might look. A view looking towards the main entrance of the sports block. Pic: Noviun Architects (19442077)

Builders will begin tearing down the ivy-clad premises this month ahead of the long-awaited construction of the new secondary and sixth form, which will cater for 1,050 pupils aged 11 to 18.

Ahead of the work, the trust has announced it will be called Barton Manor School.

Executive head teacher Kirstin Cardus said: "It will provide Canterbury and the local area with much-needed secondary school places.

"It will be located close to Barton Court Grammar School and both of them will be able to work closely together to provide an outstanding standard of education for all students."

The school will help cope with the increase in demand for secondary places in the city - where Kent County Council predicts an extra 135 Year 7 places will be needed by 2021, rising to 201 by 2023.

A video by Noviun Architects showing how the site might look

Construction of the three-storey building in Spring Lane is expected to begin in January and it is scheduled to open in September 2021. The plans were approved by KCC last week.

New images drawn up by Chichester-based Noviun Architects - an award-winning firm with a history of delivering primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges - showing how the non-selective might look emerged last month.

The plans boast facilities for catering, textiles, hair, beauty and therapy, art and 3D design, as well as digital technologies, business and finance, IT and health and social care.

They also feature a 1,200 m sq sports block, which will include a multi-use games area and grass sports pitches.

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