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NOVA Primary Academy £500k build project hailed success ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Nova Primary Academy, part of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust, (PKAT), has undergone an exciting transformation and it was officially launched on June 10th, 2024, at an opening ceremony by Peterborough Keys Academy Trust Board Chair Claire Higgins.

The £500k building job has enhanced the external look of the school by creating a new welcoming entrance foyer, including an extension of existing front elevation. The school’s main reception area and entrance has been doubled in size and the school’s front and side elevations have been overclad in natural timber.


Nova Primary Academy has already begun making exciting transformations by creating a school which enables all pupils to believe that ‘anything is possible’ and that there are ‘no limits to their potential and achievements’. 


Dr Ian Young, CEO of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust said: “We are delighted with our new building which includes a modern welcome and administration area and is a very substantial improvement. It’s the first significant development of the school site in over 20 years.”


He added: “Our new school ethos of being ‘Ambitious and Proud’ extends to being ambitious for our school community and this project serves to provide our families with a community school they can be proud of.”


Claire Higgins, Chair of the Board of Trustees who opened the new build at the launch said: “This is much-needed investment in a school that required a fresh look and a space which can be better used by all that visit or work here.  Essential building work has been completed to create a new welcoming entrance area fit for the school’s recent re-branding to NOVA.  The central administration area now has additional space to meet the school’s growth in pupils.  The whole welcome area has been sympathetically constructed to make it more spacious, friendly and modern.”


Mr Louie Gittins, Construction Manager from Lindum Peterborough, said: “The new entrance and reception area, coupled with the new cladding, has created a brilliant welcoming area for all who come to the school. We were able to make good progress when work began during the October half term last year, which meant we could continue working with minimal disruption to the children when they came back. It has been an excellent experience working with new client PKAT, which has helped us to provide the Nova Primary Academy staff with some excellent new facilities and a beautiful new façade and entrance for the school.”


During construction, the pupils at the school had the opportunity to tour the site, providing a unique learning experience for the children at the STEM inspired school.


The project was procured through Pagabo’s Medium Works framework.