New north Hull school to be named Thomas Ferens Academy
IT HAS been affectionately named Northern Academy since plans were announced for its construction.
Now, the school being built on Princess Elizabeth Playing Fields, will finally have its own identity.
The Mail can exclusively reveal it has been named Thomas Ferens Academy.
The academy, sponsored by the University Of Hull, will open to pupils next September.
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Professor John Leach, pro vice-chancellor for engagement at the University Of Hull, said: "The Ferens name carries such a legacy in Hull.
"It was not just about us picking a historical name.
"He was so passionate about education."
The University Of Hull is one of Ferens's most notable legacies, along with the Ferens Art Gallery in Queen Victoria Square.
A philanthropist and businessman, Thomas Ferens donated £250,000 to establish the university, as well as the plot of land the Cottingham Road campus is built on.
And he is immortalised in its motto, Lampada Ferens, which means "carrying the light of learning".
Prof Leach said: "We were looking for things to bind together the institutions and our chosen name means we are forever linked by a shared heritage.
"Part of the university's new strategy is to be an anchor institution for the region and Thomas Ferens Academy is an important first flagship project towards this ambition.
"As lead sponsor, this connection will further cement the existing bonds between the university and the academy as the two educational establishments will be forever linked by a shared heritage."
The dove in the university's logo, which signifies peace, is taken from the Ferens family coat of arms.
The academy will include a range of academic and vocational qualifications and will focus on excellence.
Principal-designate Juliet Strang said: "There is a certain gravitas that comes with the name Thomas Ferens because he was so well-liked and respected.
"He was a successful businessman who wanted to make a difference to the world and I am keen for children at the new academy to learn about this great man.
"The dove of peace and the torch of learning are important symbols on which to build our ethos. Citizenship and respect will be integral to Thomas Ferens Academy."
The 1,250-place academy is the last to be named under Hull City Council's Building Schools For The Future programme.
Already Sirius Academy, which replaced Pickering High School, has opened in a £48 million building in Anlaby Park Road South.
Archbishop Sentamu Aca- demy, which replaced Archbishop Thurstan School, opened in Preston Road, east Hull, with a £38 million school.
Thomas Ferens Academy hopes to attract pupils from across the north of the city.
It will also take pupils from Sir Henry Cooper School, which closes in July.