County Council approves expansion of South Nottinghamshire Academy
Nottinghamshire County Council has approved in principle the expansion of South Nottinghamshire Academy, which would increase capacity at the school by 150 extra places.
The Council’s Policy Committee gave the proposal the green light on 15 July, while also agreeing to fund feasibility studies and site surveys for an enlargement.
The expansion would help to meet increasing demand for secondary school places in the area over the next ten years.
South Nottinghamshire Academy, in Radcliffe-on-Trent, is a high performing school rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. The Redhill Trust, which manages the school, has a good track record for delivering new school places, such as the extension of the Carlton Academy.
The planned expansion of South Nottinghamshire Academy is just one of many improvements to schools the Council has approved recently, which include plans to expand Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford, £2.9 million for 300 extra school places in Gedling, and more than £500,000 to buy furniture and equipment for the new Orchard School in Newark as part of an ambitious £17 million plan to build a new school and day service centre in Balderton.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said:
“The expansion of South Nottinghamshire Academy will mean that parents can continue to send their children to the school of their choice.
“It will also help to ensure that we meet our statutory duty of providing sufficient school places across the county, both now and in the future.
“It’s part of a multimillion-pound investment in new and existing schools, to ensure that we meet demand for places as our communities grow, and that our buildings and facilities are up to a good standard.”
The Council is also investing in school facilities through its School Building Improvement Programme. The £3.4 million project will upgrade schools around Nottinghamshire, improving heating, boilers and pipework, drainage, kitchen ventilation, and replacing roofs.