New primary school to be named ‘Hucknall Flying High Academy’

The new school’s design will reference elements of an aircraft hangar paying homage to the historic nature of the Rolls Royce site. The school will also be located on Hurricane Road, one of the many aviation history references to be found in the community street names, including Spitfire Way, Defiant Close and Mustang Close.

The highest performing multi-academy trust in the East Midlands, The Flying High Trust, is to run the new school on former Rolls Royce site.

Nottinghamshire’s Flying High Trust has announced today that it will run the new school to be built in Hucknall on the former Rolls Royce site off Watnall Road.

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The £3.7 million-pound school, recently given the go ahead by Nottinghamshire County Council, will be called Hucknall Flying High Academy, and is scheduled to open in September 2019.

Paul Goodman, Deputy CEO of The Flying High Partnership, said the announcement was made after the completion of a competitive application process with the local authority. “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to give life to this brand-new school which will become a beacon of learning in its community; equipped with the highest calibre of staff and delivering the highest academic standards.”

Paul says the new school will provide before and after school care, nursery provision and access to the new facilities for use by the whole community. “The Flying High Trust have a proven track record in education and we see this as a fantastic opportunity to create a new school which from day one has a strong vision, a rich curriculum, and will provide the greatest opportunities possible for children. That coupled with a beautiful, state of the art building will mean that the children in this new residential area will have the school they need and deserve.”

Councillor Philip Owen, committee chairman for Children and Young People at Nottinghamshire County Council said, “The County Council is committed to ensuring that all children and young people across the county attend a Good or Outstanding school as rated by Ofsted. We are extremely proud to be working in partnership with the Flying High Trust.

“We are pleased that at a meeting earlier this week, the Department for Education has welcomed our collective clear and robust plans for this new school in Hucknall with such positivity. Parents will be delighted with the facilities and opportunities available at the school.”

Nottinghamshire County Council has also confirmed that families will be able to apply for reception and year 3 places for September 2019 as part of the normal admissions application round which opens on 5 November 2018. In addition, families will also be able to apply for in-year places for September 2019 in all other year groups, with further details available on the Council’s website.

County Councillor for Hucknall West, Kevin Rostance, said he wholeheartedly backs the decisions made. “This is a fantastic news story for Hucknall. Not only the school opening; but that we have partnered with the Flying High Trust which has a proven track record in education. They are a Trust which delivers excellence as we have already seen in Hucknall with Hillside Primary & Nursery School and they know the area well. They have a reputation for raising standards not only in their own schools, but other schools in the locality because their standards are so high, and excellence tends to rub off.”

Councillor Rostance said he believes that the new Hucknall Flying High Academy will become a hub in the new and vibrant residential estate. “Hucknall needs that school desperately and it will serve a vast estate. The school will become a pivotal part of the new community and with the Flying High Trusts’ guidance it will be a great opportunity for Hucknall.”

The new Hucknall Flying High Academy will be linked to The Holgate Academy and expects 120 children on roll in 2019/20. Interested parties can contact the school at office@hucknallfha.co.uk or visit www.hucknallfha.co.uk for further information including admissions, which will be published on the website in early September. The website will also be updated with future opportunities for families to find out more about The Flying High Trust and the new school.