Nottinghamshire schools growth plan for pupil surge

Image caption Teachers said the schools had to be able to meet the needs of their communities

Plans to increase the size of 13 infant and primary schools across Nottinghamshire by up to 50% are moving ahead.

The county council said it was facing surging demand for places because of a rise in the number of four-year-olds in certain areas.

The authority has been given £30m by the government to build extra capacity.

A four week consultation is to be held to determine how to manage the changes, but building will start in summer 2015.

John Peck, chair of the Children and Young People's Committee, said: "There have been some hotspots around the county which have a higher birth rate, so we have these pressure points around the county that we have tried to identify.

"Eventually, in a few years time, these increased numbers will filter through to secondary school and we will have to expand some of those in the future."

Growing schools

  • Greenwood Primary and Nursery School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • Butler's Hill Infant and Nursery School, Hucknall
  • Broomhill Junior School, Hucknall
  • College House Junior School, Beeston
  • Larkfields Infant School, Nuthall
  • Larkfields Junior School, Nuthall
  • Central Infant and Nursery School, Carlton
  • Central Junior School, Carlton
  • Stanhope Primary and Nursery School, Gedling
  • Manor Park Infant and Nursery School, Calverton
  • Pinewood Infant and Nursery School, Arnold
  • Robert Mellors Primary and Nursery School, Arnold
  • Heatherley Primary School, Mansfield
  • Costock C of E Primary School
  • Lambley Primary School

The council has created 2,000 new school places during the past two years

Sue Laplanche, Head at Robert Mellors Primary School in Arnold, said it was looking to expand from 210 places to 315.

"Without this we will not be able to meet the needs of the community, such is the rise in demand," she said.

"Parents are concerned their children will not get a place and we are keen to allay those fears.

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