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Olympic Academy building approved

The Government has approved construction plans for a state-of-the-art academy in the Olympic Village, after a key funding deal for east London’s regeneration was signed off.

The building will be the main operations centre during the 2012 Games, dealing with team management, communications and village operations.

The school for three to 19-year-olds will be built before summer 2012 to serve families moving into new homes in the Olympic Village site in Stratford, east London.

Announcing the 1,800-pupil Chobham Academy, Children’s Secretary Ed Balls said it will open in 2013, after the funds were agreed under a key deal on the Games’ legacy.

The plan to build the specialist English and performing arts academy is “outstanding news” for east London, said Mr Balls.

Inspirational power

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: “Standing in the grounds of the Olympic Park site, the Chobham Academy will build on the inspirational power of London 2012.

“The top quality sports facilities offered by the school will give hundreds of children and people in the local community the chance to play sport and develop their sporting skills, creating a true legacy from the Games.”

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