New school planned to deal with increased population from housing estate in Netherfield

 New school planned to deal with increased population from housing estate in Netherfield

PICTURED: Land being developed to accommodate the Teal Close housing estate

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A new school will be opened to help deal with the increased population from new homes being built in Netherfield.

Nottinghamshire County Council said it has been given permission to seek proposals for potential sponsors for the new free schools, which are a type of academy school. These could include groups of parents, charities, universities and educational groups.

The council said the free school is needed as a result of housing development on Teal Close in Netherfield over the next six years.

Once a new housing development has reached 150 house completions this triggers a publicity campaign for a sponsor, known as the Free School Presumption competitions.

The current calculation is 150 house completions will equate to 32 primary aged children moving on to the development.

Free schools are similar to academies, and are usually new-build schools. The main difference is that they can be set up by groups of parents or teachers.

Like academies, they do not have to follow the national curriculum, can set their own pay and conditions for staff, and can hire teachers who do not have the usual qualifications.

Councillor Philip Owen, is the chairman of children and young people’s committee at the council, and represents the Nuthall and Kimberley ward for the Conservatives.

He said: “The county council has a statutory duty to ensure there are a sufficient number of school places for children across Nottinghamshire.

“We take the necessary steps to make sure the widest possible range of groups and organisations are aware of the sponsorship opportunity and have the time to develop proposals.

“At any point during the process, if a direct route application is made to the Secretary of State, any presumption process can be withdrawn by the county council.”


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