The Nottingham Academy opened its doors in September 2009 on the three sites of its predecessor schools; Elliot Durham School, Greenwood Dale School and Jesse Boot Primary School. The new academy is one of only a handful of all-through schools in the UK with a capacity for 3,600 pupils aged between 3 and 19. The newly formed Nottingham Academy is the largest school in the UK and the largest academy in Europe.
On previous education projects Carillion had suffered from a number of issues relating to the robustness and design of the products as well as repeated deliveries behind schedule. Elite provided an ideal partner because we were determined to address and eliminate all inherent problems for the Nottingham BSF scheme.
The construction of Nottingham Academy was completed in three phases for the three different sites; Greenwood Road, Ransom Road and Sneinton Boulevard. The largest part was the new build at Greenwood Road which was built to accommodate pupils all the way through from nursery to year 11 serving as the main campus for the school. Construction was completed within budget at a cost of £32 million and delivered nine weeks ahead of schedule; this is a perfect example of Elite's expertise for such high profile fast-track projects along with our ability to be flexible to our customer's needs. The Ransom Road site, which accommodates pupils from year 7 to 11, was refurbished at a cost of £16 million. Finally Sneinton Boulevard, previously known as the Greenwood Dale School site, is now home to the Nottingham Academy sixth form and year 7 pupils. The refurbishment cost is unknown.
Due to the size of the Academy each site has its own Head of School with a further two Executive Principals in place; one to oversee the primary phase of the school and one to oversee the secondary phase of the school. The entire academy is then overseen, managed and lead by a Principal. The academy is sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) which is now the sponsor of 21 Academies.