Games Workshop Co-Founder Building New Tech Academy in Bournemouth

By Alistair Jones on at

Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop and former president of Eidos Interactive, is opening a new school dedicated to science, technology, and digital skills. Planning permission has been granted to build the school, which is set to open in September 2021.

The Livingstone Academy, in Bournemouth, will eventually hold 1,500 students, but next year's intake will be limited to 150 Year 7s and 60 Reception pupils. The school will follow the National Curriculum, but particular attention will be paid to STEM subjects and the arts. The school's website also outlines "10 skills for 21st century success," such as cross-cultural competency and trans-disciplinarity, that its teaching will focus on.

Construction work will involve the conversion of two nearby court buildings into a primary school and sixth form centre. A nearby police station will be demolished to make way for the secondary school and play areas.

Livingstone helped pioneer the games industry in the UK, founding Games Workshop in 1975. He also designed Eureka, published by Domark in 1984, and helped launch the Lara Croft franchise during his time at Eidos (now Square Enix Europe). Livingstone was awarded an OBE in 2006 and a CBE in 2013 for his services to the industry.

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