Teaching training base green light in Doncaster

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TEACHERS look set to be trained up in Doncaster after planning permission for a new centre at one of the borough’s largest schools was granted.

Doncaster Council planning committee unanimously backed the plans for the teacher training facility at Outwood Academy (Adwick), after John Mounsey, chairman of the governors at the academy, addressed the meeting.

It will include a conference theatre to seat up to 150 delegates, an observation classroom, break-out rooms and cafe facilities.

Coun Mounsey described it as a £1.2 million state of the art building.

He said: “The acquisition of teaching school status is a huge achievement for the Outwood Academy Trust.

“The new facility will provide an outstanding service and enhance the academy’s reputation both regionally and nationally.”

Julie Slater, executive principal, was pleased planning permission had been granted.

She said: “It will help us to play an important role in providing training for future teachers and support staff across Doncaster and throughout South Yorkshire. We will also be delivering high quality professional development at leadership level.

“The training centre will be the South Yorkshire hub for one of the UK’s first Teaching Schools, which is based at Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield. It will help us to create strong alliances, whilst also supporting all professionals involved in education who are at various stages of their career, whether they are newly qualified teachers, teaching assistants or headteachers. Ultimately we hope that this will encourage Outwood Academy Adwick to be associated with outstanding, first class education.”

People living near the site raised concerns about the plans, which are next to the academy on Windmill Balk Lane, Woodlands. Concerns included centre users parking on nearby residential streets like Tenter Balk Lane.

Users are to be told not to park on nearby roads.