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CPMG chosen to design new Academy in Bradford


ottingham-based firm CPMG has been selected to design a brand new secondary school on Fenby Avenue in Bradford. Set to be named the Grace Academy, the project is part of a £12m contract awarded to Wates Construction, who will work in conjunction with CPMG to deliver a 7,700 sq m seven form entry facility with a capacity for 1,050 students aged 11 to 16 years.

Sponsored by the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust (BDAT), the new building will use Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model designed specifically to deliver high quality, flexible and cost effective school buildings.

Alongside the main school, CPMG will design an indoor sports facility with a four-court multipurpose hall that will also be available for community use once constructed.

“CPMG is delighted to continue an excellent working relationship with Wates in the delivery of a fantastic new build academy for the City of Bradford Metropolitan

District Council,” said David Shaw, associate with CPMG. “The Adapt solution has enabled the design team to meet an extremely tight programme with a well considered and cost effective school solution that has been tailored to meet the new Academy's requirements for education delivery.”

Garry McDonald, Project Manager at Integrated Bradford LEP, who are developing the scheme in partnership with Bradford Council said: “The new Academy will be a fantastic addition to the local community and one that will benefit them for many years to come.”

The Archdeacon of Bradford, the Venerable Dr David Lee, Chair of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust said ‘We look forward to opening Grace Academy in September 2015. We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with CPMG as we have worked together on the design in order to build the very best possible Academy for the pupils and their families in South Bradford’.

The project is due to begin in April this year, with completion scheduled for summer 2015.

Get with the PROGRAM! B

inaryDistribution Ltd has announced the release of the FUZE powered by Raspberry Pi and the FUZE for Maximite. Recent changes to the National Curriculum will see computing become an essential part of the syllabus in both Primary and Secondary Education. With the changes to include teaching computer programming, coding, and creation and retrieval of digital data, more emphasis is being placed on understanding the principles of programming and knowledge of how technology works. The FUZE is an innovative new product aimed at teaching computer programming. It brings programming and even electronics straight to the child, providing the perfect platform to explore, investigate and progress at their own pace.

From writing and testing simple programs in Key Stage 1, to using two or more programming languages and understanding advanced programming logic and structures in Key Stage 3, the FUZE is perfect for teaching programming across all Key stage levels.

The Raspberry Pi is a vulnerable unit with all its electronic circuitry exposed – anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of electronics will appreciate how susceptible silicon is to static electricity. In the classroom, therefore, the possibility of static damage, spillages and or any kind of physical stress or impact is very high and as such the need to provide a secure housing is clear. The FUZE for Raspberry Pi provides an ideal workstation to house your Pi and retains all connectivity via the easily accessible back panel. The unit can be supplied complete with a UK keyboard, mouse, pass-thru electronic interface and solder less breadboard for electronic projects.

Jack Lang, Chair, Raspberry Pi Foundation said “The Raspberry Pi Foundation is pleased to support the FUZE in their development of rugged classroom units for teaching electronics and computer science. The units will help students learn, experiment and explore the vital discipline of computer science and in the process learn computational thinking.”

The FUZE Maximite Edition is the perfect tool to teach programming. It is a fully functional BASIC language computer that provides instant results and requires no complex setting up or environments. Project cards provide simple to follow instructions that quickly develop a foundation knowledge of the BASIC programming language whilst ensuring that learning is child initiated. The stimulating and rewarding electronic projects present limitless learning opportunities and cater for all abilities!

Primary Schools in Croydon Get ‘Phunky’ with Healthy Eating

physical activity initiatives already undertaken with schools. The council is committed to reducing health inequalities and increasing life-expectancy in the borough, which is also a key part of the five-year Croydon Heart Town project to fight coronary heart disease.


roydon Council is set to embark on a two-year initiative to encourage healthy eating and tackle childhood obesity with the introduction of the award-winning PhunkyFoods programme. The programme will be targeted at primary schools in the borough in areas of greater deprivation. It will deliver key messages on healthy eating through a variety of fun activities to hundreds of children aged from three to 11. The activities will also be rolled out in six special schools and 20 pre-schools.

The council’s decision to appoint PhunkyFoods follows on from a number of healthy-eating and


Mike Robinson, director of public health Croydon said: “We are excited about working with PhunkyFoods on this innovative project. They have a proven record of success in helping children to learn about healthy eating in a fun and creative way. Obesity in children and adults is a growing concern across the country and interventions at an early age can help to prevent long-term health problems.

“The wider benefit to the community is also one of the reasons why we chose PhunkyFoods to deliver this project, which builds on work we have previously carried out in Croydon schools. Teachers will be encouraged to engage parents and this will mean that the whole family can learn to eat better to improve their overall health and wellbeing.” Registered nutritionist Dr Jennie Cockroft, director of nutrition with Purely Nutrition, which is responsible for the PhunkyFoods programme said: “There is a growing public awareness of the

benefits to be gained from a healthy lifestyle which is why the PhunkyFoods programme is playing an increasingly important role in putting across key messages to children at an early age.” To coincide with the launch of the programme PhunkyFoods is appointing a community support worker in Croydon who will play a key role in the implementation of the programme in the schools and also help teachers engage with parents. “Primarily, the role will be to train schools in the PhunkyFoods programme but also liaise with the council on lifestyle initiatives,” said Dr Cockroft. “What is particularly encouraging is the fact that this is a two-year project which shows that the council is taking a long-term view and recognises that it takes time to change dietary habits.” Dr Cockroft added that children aged from three to 11 were more receptive to new ideas and excited to learn through PhunkyFoods activities which include art, drama, music, play and practical experience with food.

“PhunkyFoods encourages children from a young age to develop healthy eating habits which they continue with into early adulthood and often teach their parents about the need to consider healthier eating options.”

May 2014

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