A decision was agreed on this proposal at Executive Board on 18 July.
Nottingham City Council with the support of the Governing Body is proposing to increase the size and capacity of Glade Hill Primary school, from 210 places to 420 places.
Why is this being proposed?
Nottingham, like many UK cities, has experienced a pressure of primary school places across the City. There is a national shortage of primary school places and this has been evident in Nottingham since 2010. This is due to an increase in the birth rate and an increase in people living and working in Nottingham. The Council has invested £41m in its school expansion programme, which will have created a total of over 4000 additional school places, once all year groups are full.
Although the picture across the City is much improved, the Bestwood area still has a particular challenge and additional primary school places are required to meet the increased number of children requiring a school place in the local community. Glade Hill Primary School is a good school as rated by Ofsted, with waiting lists across the year groups. Therefore expanding the school will support the Council's key priority to provide good schools, close to home for every young person in Nottingham and to increase choice of places for every child. We encourage parents to use local schools where they can walk their children to school. The also contributes to improved attendance, family wellbeing and reduces the level of traffic in a local area.
Glade Hill Primary has already admitted extra children in September 2016 to accommodate the additional children requiring a school place in the area. The school has existing capacity to admit extra children in September 2017. However, a longer term solution is needed and from September 2018, additional teaching and learning space will be required to accommodate this sustained growth in pupil numbers.
We are proposing to expand the school from one form of entry to two forms of entry, so there will be 60 places in each year group instead of 30. The school would grow by 1 extra class per academic year over a seven year period until the school is full through the year groups.
This expansion will be funded by Nottingham City Council.
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