Nottingham

Primary schools across Nottingham in expansion plan

Thirty primary schools across Nottingham are set to benefit from a £15m expansion and refurbishment plan.

Nottingham City Council wants to reorganise primary school places in Bilborough, Aspley and Basford.

It is hoped the plans will allow more siblings to attend the same school and in their own catchment area.

A spokesman from the Labour-run city council said rising birth rates and inward migration meant competition for primary school places was tough.

Future-proof

Schools in Hyson Green, Broxtowe, Carrington and Sherwood are also on the list for improvement and a new school could be built in Forest Fields.

Provisional information from the Executive Board states money from the sale of council assets will be used to fund the early consultation phase of the plan.

Nottingham City Councillor David Mellen, portfolio holder for children's services, said: "There are enough school places across the whole area, however they are not always in the schools where parents need them, for example, close to where they live.

"Despite the age of huge cuts we are committed to moving forward with our plans. Investigating primary provision by increasing the size of schools and making places in areas with the greatest need will not only address the issues we face now but in the future too."

Parents and carers are invited to give their opinions on the plans by 22 October.

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