Land agreement paves the way for new secondary school in Bramcote
County Councillors have agreed to enter into a partnership with the White Hills Park Federation Trust which will see the construction of a new secondary school in Bramcote.
Nottinghamshire County Council's Policy Committee gave the go ahead to the proposals for a new school at its meeting on 14 November., which will be funded through the sale of nearby land for new housing.
The new school, which will be built on the same site as the current Bramcote College at Moor Lane, will have provision for 600 places initially with capacity to expand by a further 150 places, depending on future demand. A new 200-place sixth form college will also be built as part of the development.
It is anticipated that the sale of the housing land will generate a substantial capital receipt which will be reinvested into the construction of the new school and other infrastructure improvements across Nottinghamshire, through the County Council's capital programme.
The land off Coventry Lane, to the north of Bramcote College, has been earmarked for housing in Broxtowe Borough Council's local plan. Proposals for 500 new homes, which will incorporate green access and views for local residents, will be brought forward after councillors agreed to commit £500,000 for planning and land preparation.
Many of the current Bramcote College school buildings are in a poor condition and the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts said a new secondary school for Bramcote was much needed.
Councillor Cutts said: "Providing a high-quality learning environment for children can have a hugely positive impact on attainment levels, so this is fantastic news for teachers, parents and children at Bramcote College who have performed valiantly in conditions which are not ideal.
"Working in partnership with White Hills Park Federation Trust, I am delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement which will see the construction of a much-needed new school and housing, as well as funding for other infrastructure projects."
Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of the Children and Young People's Committee at the County Council, added: "The redevelopment of Bramcote College is part of our ambitious countywide schools building and improvement programme, which will see the creation of hundreds of school places and improvements to school buildings across Nottinghamshire.
"Educational standards in Nottinghamshire are improving and we are determined to ensure county children are giving the best possible opportunity to realise their potential at school. Our vision is to make Nottinghamshire a great place to bring up a family and a place to fulfil your ambition."
Paul Heery, Executive Head Teacher at Bramcote College, said: "We are delighted to be working with the County Council to provide a new school for Bramcote that the whole community can be proud of.
"The school has made great strides in recent years, with record levels of attainment and a Good rating from Ofsted, and this news gives us the opportunity to look forward to a very bright future. Our vision is of a school at the centre of its community, and we will work with students, parents and the local community to ensure that this is what we deliver."
A copy of the report, approved by Policy Committee on 14 November, is available to download from the Nottinghamshire County Council website.
IMAGE: Artists impression of what the new school could look like