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These Nottinghamshire schools are expanding or planned as a result of increasing pupil numbers

Dozens of Nottinghamshire schools are being expanded as a result of increasing pupil numbers.

Driven by new housing developments in the county, new schools and school expansions are being proposed to “mitigate” the impact of new homes on local communities.

Some of the latest new build and expansion plans are due to be discussed by Nottinghamshire County Council next week.

Funding is provided through Section 106 agreements, which is a legal obligation between a developer and a local authority.

There are currently more than 200 live Section 106 agreements in Nottinghamshire, which include contributions for education purposes.

Funding is also provided through Government grants.

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During the county council Children and Young People’s Committee meeting on November 1, councillors will be asked to approve new projects and expansions to schools in the county.

A council report states: “The council is committed to providing good schools with sufficient places for all Nottinghamshire children. The Schools Capital Programme is a key element of delivering this commitment.

“There are currently 214 live Section 106 agreements which include contributions for education purposes and a further 79 under negotiation.

“Depending on the scale of the development the planning application pertains to, these capital funding contributions range from relatively small sums that fund only a few additional school places, all the way to multimillion-pound sums to provide major expansions or entirely new schools.”

New schools

Chapel Lane in Bingham will be home to a new school which is set to open in August 2022.

Construction is under way at the 210-place primary school which will be run by the Community Inclusive Trust.

Rempstone Road in East Leake will also see a new school being built as a result of two new housing developments.

The 315 place new school is due to open in September 2023 and will be handed over to the Spencer Academy.

Teal Close, Netherfield will see a new school built by the house builder Persimmon. The developer has chosen to construct the 210 place Primary School at this site. The school will be completed for September 2022 and will be operated by the Flying High Academy.

School expansion projects

Four schools in Nottinghamshire are currently being expanded.

Leas Park Junior School, Mansfield Woodhouse – an old classroom is to be removed from site and the creation of a new teaching space building elsewhere on the site is being considered.

Wynndale Primary School, Mansfield – The school will see the addition of external play equipment for early years children and a new library space.

Portland Outwood Zcademy, Worksop – this project will provide 300 additional school places.

Berry Hill Primary School, Mansfield – feasibility is being considered for the creation of an  outdoor classroom or forest school area.

Schools which have recently been expanded

Albany Infants and Nursery School, Stapleford – This school has seen the expansion of the hall so all pupils can fit in the space.

Extra works were also completed including replacing heating cabinets, new ceilings and lighting, re-roofing, a fire alarm upgrade and improved drainage and security fencing to the playing field.

Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, Radcliffe-on-Trent – A new building provided three new classrooms.

Woodland View Primary School, Sutton-in-Ashfield – a former caretaker’s property has been converted into a nurture unit to accommodate and support pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Brookside Primary Academy, East Leake – an extra classroom has been built as a result of the new pupils in the area until the planned new school at the Rempstone Road site has been built.

Schools which are increasing pupil numbers

Carlton Academy, Carlton – This school has increased its Published Admission Number (the number of students who can be admitted into each year group) from 170 to 230 by constructing 10 new classrooms.

Carlton Le Willows, Gedling – This school is expanding from 8 forms of entry to 12, increasing its Published Admission Number from 226 to 360.

South Nottinghamshire Academy, Radcliffe – is expanding from 4 forms of entry to 5, increasing its Published Admission Number from 120 to 150.

Brunts Academy, Mansfield – The vacant caretaker’s property is being converted into a space for students with specialist needs.

 

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