New Nuneaton school reveals huge update parents will want to know

A 'pre-opening phase' has been unveiled for a much anticipated new Nuneaton school. The Higham Lane North Academy is set to be built on the huge Top Farm development, which is where 1,700 new homes will also be constructed.

Once built, the school will cater for 900 students between the ages of 11 and 16. This will help ease the pressure on schools on the area due to the growing number of houses.

CGIs showed what the school will look like in a planning application to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, which has given conditional approval for it to be built. Now, in an update on the new school's website, it says its 'pre-opening' phase has been launched.

This includes giving parents the chance to register for a Year 7 place when the school opens in 2025. The website update reads: "We are hugely excited that Higham Lane North Academy has entered into the ‘pre-opening phase’ and we are now preparing to open this new non-selective, state-funded 11-16 secondary free school in September 2025.

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Higham Lane North Academy is proposed to open with up to six forms of entry (180 places) in Year 7 from September 2025 at a state-of-the-art school and community resource at the new Top Farm neighbourhood in Weddington.

"It will grow in line with the local need for additional secondary school places until reaching full capacity as a 900-pupil school with 180 pupils in each year group from Year 7 to Year 11.

"Established by Central England Academy Trust, Higham Lane North Academy will benefit from fantastic collaboration with its lead school, Higham Lane School, a high-performing 11-18 comprehensive school located approximately one mile away.

"It will follow the same successful model for secondary education that has seen Higham Lane School judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in May 2019 and as World Class in 2021, and will continue the tradition of high-quality educational provision, academic excellence, exceptional pastoral care and personal development in a school at the heart of its community."

It concludes: "We are working closely with the Department for Education and warwickshire-county-council>Warwickshire County Council to ensure the successful opening of this exceptional new provision and are looking forward to the journey ahead." Details about year seven applications can be found on the website here

The next big step will be the start of the construction of the new school although dates for this have yet to be made public.

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