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Oakley School

Creating an all-through school in Leamington Spa

This project will see an all-through school being created for Warwickshire County Council ready for the 2024 academic year.

Procured through Scape, the state-of-the-art school will comprise of a 34-place nursery, 420-place primary and 900-place secondary school.

There has been a lot of development in the local area, including new housing. This new, all-through school will help to meet the needs of local families head-on by providing much-needed school places.

Designing a sustainable building

The school's design takes a fabric-first approach to reduce energy consumption and limit operational carbon emissions. The building will also feature air source heat pumps and PV panels as part of a renewable energy strategy.

Facilities for community use

The school also includes a number of facilities that will benefit the wider community. It will provide a stand-alone sports hall, several natural turf pitches and an all-weather pitch - both of which are for educational and community use. All playing surfaces will also be delivered to Sport England design standards.

Giving back to the local community

Across the duration of the project, we will be investing heavily in the local community. This includes committing to delivering a £1.5m social ROI through social value activities such as delivering careers talks, work experience, traineeships for those not in employment, education or training, and creating local job opportunities.

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The all-through school will cater for students from Nursery age, right up to Secondary School.

Michelle Cotterill, director for Willmott Dixon, said:

“The Oakley School project is a major investment into the next generation of Warwickshire’s education offering and we are proud to have been selected alongside our delivery partners to bring the development to fruition. As a cornerstone employer with Coventry and Warwickshire Careers Enterprise we’re looking forward to engaging with other schools and delivering careers talks and guidance, curriculum support, safety talks, site visits, CV advice, mock interviews, work experience and much more to support the local community.”

Cllr Kam Kaur, Warwickshire’s portfolio holder for education, said:

“The investment in the all-through school at Oakley Grove demonstrates a huge commitment by the County Council to education in that area and to meeting the massive increase in need for school places that we will soon be seeing.
“As well as providing a state-of-the-art facility that will be the hub of superb learning opportunities, the project is also delivering a great deal of social value, particularly for some young people who are gaining valuable training, employment opportunities and other work experience. We are grateful to Willmott Dixon for sharing our commitment to that.
“Similarly, we are very pleased that the building of the school has included environmental factors and the school will be a low carbon setting which is in line with the Council’s own commitment to reducing carbon emissions.”

Mark Robinson, group chief executive at public sector procurement authority Scape, said:

“The new Oakley School project will significantly enhance the lives of young children and their families across the local community. Willmott Dixon’s commitment to social value investment throughout the build to provide work experience and job creation is a testament to the project’s overall investment objectives. I wish both them and Warwickshire County Council the very best as they work towards delivering the school in time for September’s intake in 2024.”


Creating a state-of-the-art, all-through school in Leamington Spa.



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