County Council announces £14m investment for two new schools

A £14m investment will see two new schools replaced and expanded in Nottinghamshire over the next few years.

Bestwood Village Hawthorne Primary School will be rebuilt and expanded at a cost of approximately £5m to meet the ever-growing needs of the village which has seen a significant amount of housebuilding in recent years.

The school is currently based on two sites but the proposed new school would be on a single site for 315 pupils with the land capacity to expand to at least a 420 pupil capacity should the proposed house building come to fruition.

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Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun Alan Rhodes said: “I am delighted to announce today that Bestwood Village Hawthorne Primary will be rebuilt on an expanded site to ensure that families living in the village can send their children to a local school.

“Our plans for on-going and increased investment in our schools is helping to transform the learning environment for thousands of our children and the benefits are obvious with 90% of children and young people in Nottinghamshire attending a Good or Outstanding school.”

The County Council will continue to work with key stakeholders, members of the school community, other local community groups including district councils to ensure that the best site possible can be used to build a school that will meet the needs of the village as it expands over the coming years.

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A campaign to replace the Orchard School in Newark has been running for several years and the County Council has been instrumental in securing the £9m funding needed to get the project off the ground.

A number of sites in Newark are currently being considered where the new fit-for-purpose special school can be built.

 

The County Council had previously pledged £5m with a further pledge in excess of £1m from the Education Funding Agency. The recent announcement of an extra £2.5m of special schools basic need funding means the project now has the green light.

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Councillor Rhodes said that he was delighted that the children and young people who attend Orchard School would soon have a school they were proud of and one which provided them with state-of-the-art facilities.

He added: “The rebuilding of a new Orchard School has been a priority for this council and for me personally for the last 18 months or more, and I’m delighted that this will now happen in the very near future.”

The new Orchard School will potentially accommodate 140 pupils compared with the 101 currently on roll.

For the 2016/17 academic year 1500 extra school places were created across the county at a cost of £11.5m. This brings the total of additional primary school places created by the Council since 2013 to 5,500 and a total Council investment of nearly £70m.