Derby City Council is set recommend that a proposal to increase school places at Brackensdale Primary School moves to a second stage of consultation.
A large housing development is underway in the Kingsway area of the city which falls into the normal catchment area of the school. As the Council is required to ensure that it provides sufficient school places, a need has been identified to increase the capacity to accommodate new families moving into the new homes.
The proposal is to increase the school’s admission number from 60 to 75 places from September 2019. This means an additional 105 places in total available across the school on a phased basis, starting from the Reception year group bringing the school up to a capacity of 525 places.
The financing of the expansion has been agreed by the developers of the new housing who have entered into a Section 106 agreement with the Council to provide £1.9 million of funding to increase accommodation at the school. This will provide a new five classroom block with associated toilet and storage facilities.
The proposal is supported by the Headteacher and Governing Body and initial consultation has taken place with all key stakeholders and interested parties with positive results. Therefore Cabinet has recommended that the project move forward to the next stage of the consultation process, which involves the publication of a statutory notice and a further four week representation period. It is anticipated that a final decision on the scheme will be made in March following this four week period.
Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:
“We have a legal responsibility to make sure there are enough school places to meet local needs and this proposal will ensure that we are better able to meet the needs of parents/carers to place children in their local, preferred schools. I encourage all parents and interested parties to take part in the consultation by visiting ‘Your City Your Say’ “