Due to a national shortage of school places more than £41 million pounds will be spent expanding primary schools in Nottingham, as it becomes one of the fastest growing cities in the UK.
Like many areas across the Midlands, Nottingham has experienced a shortage of primary school places across the city. In order to meet school demands three schools will be expanded by the end of 2019, creating an extra 580 school places and 26 nursery places.
“WESTBURY special school, Glade Hill primary and Middleton primary are the last schools to be expanded”
Sam Webster – Nottingham city council
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Business, Education, and Skills, said the expansion was part of the city council’s wider expansion plan to create thousands of extra school places, and Westbury special school, Glade Hill primary and Middleton primary are the last three schools to be expanded as part of this programme
The latest school to be expanded was Mellers Primary in Radford in September 2017, which created an extra 210 school and nursery places following a £3.35million investment
The phase expansion will create new teaching, teaching support, and other in-school jobs along with additional employment and training opportunities during construction.
Westbury Special School in Bilborough – will have 60 additional primary and secondary places by August 2018, following investment of £4.75 million
Glade Hill Primary School in Bestwood – will have 210 additional primary places and 26 additional nursery places by September 2019, following investment of £1.8 million
Middleton Primary School in Wollaton – which will have 210 additional primary places by December 2019, following investment of £4.1 million
“The expansion is needed to meet demands, but this is going to Affect my child”
Bianca Robinson – Parent
Parent Bianca Robinson, whose son attends Westbury Special School, said the expansion is needed in order to meet school demands but expressed her concerns as to how this may affect her child.
The council is confident the investment means there are now enough primary school places available to meet current and future demands, with 95% of children being offered their first school choice.
The authority now plans to bid for funding to create an extra 2,250 secondary places.