New North Devon secondary school plans fall into place

Route 39 Academy principal Joss Glossop.

Route 39 Academy principal Joss Glossop. - Credit: Archant

Parents invited to meet new Route 39 Academy principal as architects and builders appointed for new school.

THE elements of a new secondary school in North Devon are rapidly falling into place, with plans to welcome the first students in September of this year.

Parents wishing to find out more about the Route 39 Academy ‘free school’ planned for the Bucks Cross area can now meet new principal Joss Glossop at Atlantic Village on a regular basis.

The office at the shopping centre will be up and running from this week and available for parents and children to call in on Wednesday afternoons, or by appointment.

A temporary site for the new school is expected to be announced within the next few weeks, with the first wave of students able to move into temporary buildings while work progresses on the school itself.

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Route 39 was started from scratch by a group of parents who successfully bid for government money to make the school possible. It is now being led through the necessary first stages such as planning by the Education Funding Agency.

Builders Willmott Dixon has been assigned by the agency to work on the project, as have architects Aedas, which also designed Dartmouth Academy and Portland Academy.

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Joss Glossop is encouraging parents and their children to call in and see her to find out more about the school.

“I am really looking forward to the role – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and the young people who will be our first students,” she told the Gazette.

“The chance to design and build a school from scratch and employ the staff you need is not something that comes along every day.

“We want to deliver not just a rigorous academic route, but also underlining the real life skills that people need to be successful in employment and through their lives.”

Anyone who would like to speak to Route 39 principal Joss Glossop, or find out more, can call her on 07540 049 082, email or visit

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