COLCHESTER Academy has unveiled plans to increase the number of pupils from 750 to 1,200 at the opening of its £15million expansion.

The academy was significantly under capacity when it opened in 2010.

Now it is planning to admit 240 pupils a year instead of 120 from September 2015.


Headteacher Barry Hersom said: “Colchester is a boom town. We are expanding to accommodate the increasing number of children in Colchester.”

Julie Young, a governor, said: “We hope the new buildings, improved standards and a focus on behaviour will see Colchester Academy become the first choice of education.”

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