Council approves £11m to secure further 450 school places in Gedling
At the County Council’s Policy Committee on Wednesday 13 May, it was agreed that £11m would be invested in providing additional secondary school places in Gedling.
The council has a statutory duty to ensure a sufficiency of secondary school places in Nottinghamshire. This agreement is part of an ambitious programme of investment across the county and will enable the council to meet the projected need of approximately 750 secondary school places in Gedling by the start of the 2027-28 academic year.
Based on completed feasibility works, the two-part funding agreement with Carlton le Willows Academy will be provided for the expansion of the school, securing an additional 450 permanent secondary school places by September 2022.
The first part of the agreement will provide £546,700, for the Academy to progress the detailed design, planning and tendering of the proposed expansion of the school from eight to 12 forms of entry.
Once planning consent is approved and a successful tender received, the second phase will provide a maximum of £10,375,940 to complete the building works.
As part of the investment programme for secondary places in Gedling, the Council is already working with the Redhill Trust to provide 300 secondary places at Carlton Academy from September 2020. The agreement with Carlton le Willows Academy will provide the remaining 450 places identified.
The agreement with Carlton le Willows Academy will enable the Academy to undertake the planning and works required to provide the additional places by September 2022.
The Council will commission the Arc Partnership to act on its behalf for the project, at a cost of £40,000, to provide assurance that the project is delivering the expected accommodation to agreed standards.
Councillor Philip Owen, Children and Young people’s Committee Chairman said: “The County Council is committed to ensuring that children in Nottinghamshire have access to a good quality education and places at good schools.
“The Council’s planning officers continually work to analyse data and predict when and where school places are needed. We are working with a number of academies in the Gedling district to secure additional places and to make sure that these school places are available. The expansion of Carlton le Willows with an additional 450 places clearly demonstrates this and it is important to progress to the next stage of this plan.“
Councillor Owen added: “We value the contribution of young people at this school which has an excellent record and we are supporting the expansion of the school to cater for the needs of the future population.
”It is important that we create the foundations to help young people fulfil their hopes and ambitions in a quality learning environment that meets their needs, and this agreement will help make that a reality.”
On March 1, national secondary offer day, 90% of Gedling pupils received their first preference, while over 97% received one of their four stated preferences.