Nottinghamshire County Council has approved the first stage of plans to build and expand schools in West Bridgford.
At Policy Committee on Wednesday 12 February, it was agreed that £445,000 would be provided to fund analysis, site surveys and feasibility studies for two major projects.
A new 18.5-acre secondary school, proposed for West Bridgford, is needed due to continuing demand for secondary school places in the area.
Options for the potential relocation and enlargement of Lady Bay Primary School are being considered, so that it can accommodate a greater number of pupils. There is a need for an extra 511 primary school places in the West Bridgford planning area over the next five years.
The existing school cannot be expanded to meet demand due to the restricted nature of the current site, and it is currently at capacity.
If both projects get the go ahead, the enlarged primary school and secondary school are expected to open between 2023 and 2025.
The announcement is part of a wider £31.3 million programme of investment in new schools, to provide enough school places for local families; a total of more than 1,400 primary and secondary school places.
This programme includes the Hucknall Flying High Academy which opened in September 2019, with space for 210 pupils, Bestwood Village Primary School, which opened later that year, with space for 315 pupils, and Rosecliffe Primary School in Edwalton, due to open in September 2020, with space for 315 pupils. Rosecliffe Primary School will help to cater for increased demand from the nearby Sharphill housing development.
Councillor Philip Owen, Children and Young People’s Committee Chairman said: “We must ensure there are enough school places for every child in our county, both now and in the future. Our long-term plan of investment will help to deliver this.
“As well as looking at a new secondary school for West Bridgford, it is essential that we do something about the situation at Lady Bay Primary School. We’re trying to deliver a 21st century education in a Victorian building. Classrooms are small, we’re at capacity, and expansion is not realistic, given the location of the site.
“To my mind there is no option but to look at other alternatives. We cannot do nothing and continue as we are.
“We remain committed to providing children in Nottinghamshire with a good quality education, with the goal that every child should attend a good or outstanding school.
“It is vital that young people get the best opportunities and the best start in life, and I will keep working with our schools and hard-working, committed teachers so that we continue to achieve this.”