Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to invest £16 million over the next two years to expand primary and secondary schools all over the county.
The funding is to ensure there are enough school places for local families over the coming years. The costs will be covered by the council’s basic need allocation budget, as well as housing developer contributions.
It will mean that more primary school places can be provided in Kneesall, Forest Town, Bingham, East Leake and Harworth.
In Forest Town, the council is looking to expand John T Rice Infant School by one classroom and Newlands Junior School by two classrooms. In Bingham, a new 210 place primary school is planned on the Romans’ Quarter site. Another 210-place primary school is due to be built in East Leake.
1,800 extra secondary school places are planned over the next two years; 300 at Outwood Portland Academy in Worksop, 600 at Carlton le Willows Academy, 450 at Rushcliffe School, and 150 at Toot Hill Academy. Another 150 extra places could also be provided at South Nottinghamshire Academy, and 300 have already been provided at Carlton Academy.
A new 600 place secondary school in West Bridgford, which will include a 200 place sixth form, is expected to open in 2024.
It will be the first brand new secondary school to be built in Nottinghamshire since The Suthers school in Newark, which opened in 2017.
Work is also underway to provide 95 more specialist school places per year over the next five years, as the county council looks to increase its SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) provision. 24 of these places will be provided by a new satellite school at King Edward Primary School, in Mansfield, which was approved by the council on 15 March.
Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, said:
“We are committed to ensuring that children across our county have access to a good quality and education, and we have a duty to provide a sufficient number of school places in Nottinghamshire, to meet growing demand.
“We are continually working to analyse the figures and predict where school places will be needed. This £16 million investment will mean that we can provide extra capacity where it is needed over the coming years.
“This is an investment in our children’s future. The next few years will be an exciting time for school developments, with expansions and improvements planned across the county, including a brand-new secondary school in West Bridgford.”