Work underway on new £5.3M primary school on the Sharphill development

07 March 2019

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council

Work is officially underway for a brand new, multi-million pound school on the Sharphill development at the Sharphill Woods site in Edwalton.

The new £5.3m academy, part of The Spencer Academies Trust, is set to complete in September 2020, in time for the new academic year.

Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “One of the main priorities for this Council is to ensure that children across Nottinghamshire are able to attend good and outstanding primary schools.

“This new school near Edwalton is further evidence of our strategy to make Nottinghamshire a great place to bring up a family and where people are proud to call home. A good, solid education gives children and young people options in later life and this is something we want every child to experience. 

Councillor Cutts revealed that plans were already underway to deliver up to eight new schools across the county to provide more than 1,400 new primary and secondary school places.

She added: “Plans for up to eight new schools reflects the pace of new home building programmes across our county which in turn brings new jobs and prosperity for people.  One of these schools will be at the Harrier Park development at the Rolls Royce site in Hucknall, a school which will be funded from housing developer contributions.

The school will offer 45 at first admission with 15 in the other year groups growing to offering 315 places, with the option at a later date to extend this further to a 420 as the housing development grows over the coming years.

Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the Children and Young People’s committee, said the school would be delivered by Arc Partnership – a joint venture between Nottinghamshire County Council and Scape Group.

Coun Owen added: “As Councillor Cutts has clearly stated, one of this Council’s key priorities is that every child should attend a good or outstanding school and I am confident that The Spencer Academies Trust will ensure that this school provides the best possible primary education and give pupils the very best opportunities to set them on a successful future path.”

“The Spencer Academies Trust already has strong links to the area through the highly successful Rushcliffe School which has been part of the Trust since October 2018.”

Paul West, The Spencer Academies Trust CEO, said “: ‘We are delighted to be chosen as the right Trust to deliver what will be a pioneering new primary, co-designed in partnership with the local community. Considering the track record of other SAT schools in the West Bridgford area including the outstanding Rushcliffe School, we expect the new Spencer school to be an exceptional environment for children to learn and grow from the first day.’


Parents should be aware of the following information on the new school:

The school will open for applications for all year groups on 4 November 2019. Parents wishing to apply for a reception place (children who are 5 years old between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021) or a year 3 place for September 2020 should apply to their home local authority.

For Nottinghamshire residents, parents can apply via the Nottinghamshire County Council Admissions Portal.

Applications for all other year groups should be made directly to Nottinghamshire County Council. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.


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97.4%% of schools in Rushcliffe are good or outstanding, so Rushcliffe rates are well above the National, East Midlands and Nottinghamshire averages



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