Route 39 Academy agrees purchase of permanent site

Route 39 Academy principal Joss Glossop picks out a spot for her desk at the site of North Devon's n

Route 39 Academy principal Joss Glossop picks out a spot for her desk at the site of North Devon's newest secondary school near Bucks Cross. - Credit: Archant

Sale agreed on Steart Farm near Bucks Cross as North Devon’s newest secondary school prepares to lift off.

THE Route 39 Academy has announced Steart Farm near Bucks Cross as the location of its permanent site.

The Education Funding Agency has agreed terms to buy the farmhouse plus 16 acres of land – currently Steart Farm Touring Park for camping and caravanning - ready to build the new North Devon secondary school from scratch.

A public consultation and planning process is to start immediately. Meanwhile, the school will open its doors for the first time this September with temporary classrooms on a site next to The Milky Way.

“This is potentially one of the most stunning locations of any school in the whole of the country,” said principal Joss Glossop.

“You can see right across Bideford Bay, and on a good day as far as the Gower Peninsular. It is such a beautiful, inspiring and uplifting location - we are extremely lucky to have found it.”

Route 39 Academy is now working closely with architect Aedas to produce a model that will deliver a world-class educational and community resource, fit for the 21st century and to must complement the site’s position within an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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The governors and principal of Route 39 have been working closely with the Education Funding Agency to secure the Steart Farm site.

“The negotiation for the site has been a long and frustrating process,” said Sara Grimshaw, one of the governors,

“For legal and financial reasons it has not been possible to name the preferred site. We are therefore delighted to end the speculation. We are extremely grateful to the team at the Education Funding Agency who have worked tirelessly to secure the best site for the school and will continue to support us as we progress the planning process.”

Residents at Bucks Cross were the first to know of the proposed school site, as governors dropped a letter through their doors yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and invited them to discuss their input into the plans.

Meanwhile, the school will open nearby this September, with its first intake of students in temporary buildings beside The Milky Way, in specially designed classroom units used regularly by schools whilst building projects are taking place.

The principal is busy meeting parents of Year 6 or 7 children to discuss their educational needs, and transport arrangements to the school. Parents can call or email her to book an appointment to meet at her temporary office in Atlantic Village, via or call 07540 049 082.

For more information about the school and to take part in the public consultation visit

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