Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce the development of proposals for the expansion of Highfield Academy, Littleport, to include a new teaching wing extension. The teaching wing will provide an additional 50 places, taking the total capacity to 194 places, extending the critical need for Special Educational Needs and Disability pupil places in the county.

The new facilities will provide 5 new classrooms (some with overhead tracking equipment) complete with accessible toilets and group rooms.  There will also be a new state of the art sensory room in addition to our existing facilities.  There will also be a life skills area which can be set up as a cafe to teach students those all important communication, food hygiene and social skills.

Here are some of the proposed floor plans:

Ground Floor

First Floor

The external areas will be re-modelled to create more space for transport on site to reduce the impact upon the local area.  There will also be a wildflower meadow to promote biodiversity and learning with our students.

The Local Authority acknowledges the excellent relationship that already exists between the school and the local community that it serves. The Local Authority and the project team would therefore like to invite comments from parents, carers, residents and members of the community on the draft proposals as part of the ongoing development of the scheme, ahead of the submission of a formal planning application, which is currently scheduled for Summer 2024. The public consultation is scheduled to run from June 14th to June 28th inclusive.

Subject to a satisfactory planning process, it is intended that the construction work will commence in Winter 2024, with a view to occupying the new buildings from the Autumn term 2025.

The online event can be viewed at the Cambridgeshire County Councils website by the following website address:

Please submit your comments by emailing: up until 28th June 2024.

Please note that Cambridgeshire County Council, the Local Planning Authority, will also carry out consultation on the proposed development whilst the planning application is being considered.

Keep an eye on our news stories where there will be regular progress updates.