Planning consent has been granted for the creation of a new ‘all-through school’ in Openshaw, Manchester.
Designed by Manchester based architects, Create It Studios, the brand new facility will provide a high-tech, modern building for children going from nursery through to sixth-form. Housed in one 30,785 sq.ft building, learning and leisure spaces are spread across three floors.
The independent school, which has a planned opening for September 2025, will sit on a previously disused site between Ashton Old Road and Whitworth Street. Along with 27 class rooms, the building includes a large dedicated Nursery zone, three libraries, science and IT laboratories and a partitioned dining hall and sports hall that can be combined to create a large theatre space.
The school, which is yet to be formally named, will be operated by Trafford Learning Vocational Centre Ltd, which has been providing childcare and educational services since 2011.
Create It Studios director Saghir Hussain, says:
“It was important to use the space available on this enclosed site, so that we are able to create a nurturing educational environment that caters to the needs of children at every stage of their academic journey. By zoning the building over three floors, we have been able to provide dedicated spaces for the nursery, primary and secondary schools. It was important for the client that the building enabled the school leaders to foster a ‘one school’ culture, and this will be achieved through shared amenities where primary and secondary school pupils can interact.”
Trafford Learning Vocational Centre CEO, Shaheen Iqbal, says:
“We are thrilled to receive planning consent for our new school building, so that we can now move forward with excitement. Once built, this state-of-the-art facility will allow us to offer a seamless and holistic educational experience for children of all ages.
“Our nursery will provide a safe and stimulating environment for the youngest learners, laying the foundation for their educational journey. The primary school will offer a comprehensive curriculum that promotes intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and essential skills development. As students progress into secondary school, they will be exposed to an enriching and challenging academic programme that prepares them for higher education and future success.”