Permanent Site at Steart Farm

Latest Photo of the Development

Drone footage of our permanent premises at Steart Farm, Bucks Cross. 

Latest Development News Below:

Stage by Stage
March 31st, 2018
You may have noticed with some relief that the road outside the school and all along the stretch has come along brilliantly and the traffic jams have eased.  Now the bus stop and pedestrian crossing are next on agenda. In the main Assembly Hall 90% of the ventilation ductwork is in and, more excitingly, the first parts of the mechanisms for the theatre equipment are attached which will hold the st...
Half a Term Closer!
February 17th, 2018
Another half term goes by and we are another half term closer to being in our new school!  The cladding is now mostly complete on the exterior walls, and the long low structure in natural wood and light brick is blending in beautifully with the location. Meanwhile on the inside the screed flooring is half completed on the first floor, including the Learning Cafe, and the steel work supporting the ...
New Site News
January 20th, 2018
The building work at the new school is still steaming ahead with the main building now very nearly watertight with the brick work and timber work complete and just a bit more cladding to go onto the exterior walls.  Inside, some of the stud work has progressed far enough for the underfloor heating to be started, in other areas the steel work for the interior walls is in place ready to be boarded. ...
From the Ground Floor Up
June 2nd, 2017
The sub-structure blockwork walls have now commenced.  These walls are built off the foundations, with the internal skin designed to support the edge of the ground floor concrete slab, and the outer skin forming the base of the external brickwork walls.  The bolts have been cast into the concrete foundation to which one of the structural steel columns will be bolted down to. Once the sub-structur...
Laying the Foundations
May 17th, 2017
The building work at Steart Farm is still coming along brilliantly with the new foundations of our school being dug out and filled ready for construction. The driveway and the visitor car park have had all but their final layer of Tarmac. It's great to see how mature trees and hedgerows have been preserved reflecting the aim to create a rural school in the countryside.......
Great Progress at The New Site!
April 29th, 2017
Principal Kelly and Chair of Governors Richard Bence made a site visit this week and things are coming along beautifully. The diggers and trucks are working on the foundations of the school. Behind them you can see the new temporary site offices with the site of the final visitor car park to the left. On the view towards the Bristol Channel you will see a bulldozer - to the right of this will be t...
We Are Ground-Breaking!
March 2nd, 2017
On February 23rd, a group of student representatives, staff and governors met at Steart Farm to mark the beginning of the new school build with a ground-breaking ceremony. The mood was light-hearted as student leaders’ Mac K and Maddie W jointly sank a spade into the ground and turned over the first sod. Marie-Claire Overton from Willmott Dixon remarked that it was the most joyful ceremony she’d w...
Site Update October
November 17th, 2016
It has been a busy few months since we received planning permission in the Spring. Twenty-two of the forty planning conditions must be complied with before building can commence. The development team have been working with Torridge District Council and Devon County Council to complete these conditions. All sides have been working together very positively and we expect all the conditions to be disc...
Reptile Relocation!
November 7th, 2016
Before construction can start at any new development, ecology and wildlife must be considered to help protect species and incorporate areas of value for wildlife in the final development. ...

Explaining the Site Plan

The site has been chosen for very important reasons:
  • It is easily accessible from the A39.
  • The topography of the site offers the opportunity to limit the visual impact of the development.
  • The surrounding natural environment has the potential to be an incredible resource for learning.

The school and car parks are located at the top of the picture, at the back of the site closest to the road (A39). The school building will be set into the hillside, clad in earthy colours and screened by trees. The broadleaf woodland of the perimetre will be preserved.

The old farmhouse and kitchen gardens will be preserved and used for school and community education. The site will be landscaped for outdoor learning. Planting will increase the site's biodiversity and enhance its ecological value.

Students Design Nature Reserve  

The students of Route 39 Academy have had the opportunity to input. They have taken part in workshops with the architects, Aedas. Two student designs, including a nature reserve and hide, have been chosen to be developed by the architects and landscapers.