News POSTED ON: 21 October 2017

The London Cancer Hub is to host a new science-specialist secondary school, after the London Borough of Sutton gave planning permission for the academy to be built.

The school will be a key component of The London Cancer Hub, helping to benefit the local community by giving children an excellent education in close proximity to our world-class research.

Opening in September 2018, Harris Academy Sutton will initially take in 195 Year 7 students, growing to eventually accommodate 1,275 students aged 11 to 18.

World-class science facilities

In the first year, the school will use an existing building on the site of the former Sutton Hospital, before moving to a £40m new building in September 2019.

The school’s curriculum will be broad, but its proximity to the pioneering scientists, doctors and technicians of The London Cancer Hub will support its primary specialism in science – particularly health and life sciences.

The new building will host world-class science facilities, as well as a hall that can be used as a performing arts space, and a Sport England sports hall.

Designed to be exceptionally environmentally friendly, the building will make the Harris Academy Sutton the first secondary school in the country to meet the Passivhaus energy performance standard.

‘A first-class educational experience’

The new school will be run by the Harris Federation, a charity that currently manages 44 primary and secondary academies in and around London.

It will also help to satisfy high demand for secondary school places in Sutton.

Announcing the decision to award planning permission for the school, Councillor Wendy Mathys, Chair of the Children, Families and Education Committee at The London Borough of Sutton, said:

“As a council we are passionate about giving our young people the very best start in life by providing the opportunity to learn in an environment which will offer a first-class educational experience.

“I am therefore delighted that these plans have been approved and we look forward to continuing to work with the Harris Federation to deliver an excellent secondary school for Sutton.”