Three Nottingham City schools will expand by the end of 2019, creating 480 school places and 26 nursery places.
The three schools are:
- Westbury Special School in Bilborough, which will have 60 additional primary and secondary places by August 2018, following investment of £4.75m
- Glade Hill Primary School in Bestwood, which will have 210 additional primary places and 26 additional nursery places by September 2019, following investment of £1.8m
- Middleton Primary School in Wollaton, which will have 210 additional primary places by December 2019, following investment of £4.1m
These expansions come under Nottingham City Council’s wider £41.9 million expansion plan to create thousands of extra school places across the city, and are the last three schools to be expanded as part of this programme.
The latest primary school to have expanded was Mellers Primary in Radford in September 2017, a £3.35m investment in the school which created 210 school places and 26 nursery places.
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills at the City Council, said: “I am delighted that Westbury, Glade Hill and Middleton will be expanded, marking the final stage in our successful schools expansion programme. This phase of expansions will create new teaching, teaching support and other in-school jobs along with additional employment and training opportunities during construction.
“We are investing in our schools because we know there is a demand for places. Nottingham is growing economically, new homes are being built and more families are choosing to live and work here. The City Council is committed to providing a good school place, close to home for every child in Nottingham City.
“Our careful planning and continued investment means that we have enough primary school places to meet the current and future demand. Last year we were able to offer every Nottingham child a school place, with nearly 95% of children being offered a place at their first or second-choice primary school – up 2% from the previous year.
“We now want to build on this success and create 2,250 more secondary school places by 2022 and will be bidding for funding to do so.”
Image shows Mellers Primary School