Following a public consultation, Derby City Council plans to increase the number of school places at The Bemrose School, to accommodate growing pupil numbers.
The majority of consultees supported the expansion proposals, with 74% of respondents supporting the primary expansion proposal and 70% supporting the secondary expansion proposal.
From September 2017 The Bemrose School will formally increase its primary admission number from 45 to 60 and then, from September 2018 will increase its secondary admission number from 180 to 220. The higher admission numbers will move through the school gradually year by year.
The Headteacher and Governing body are supportive of the proposals to increase pupil places. Executive Headteacher, Neil Wilkinson said:
The increased school places at The Bemrose School will help support the new housing growth within our school’s community and the increased popularity of the school in our locality. We are full in many year groups and it is frustrating to turn children and young people away as we do not have space to accommodate them. The development of a state of the art building with bespoke science labs and IT spaces fit for 2020 can only be a real bonus for the education of the people in our community. We are looking forward to this opportunity to work in partnership with next generation of learners.
Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:
The Bemrose School expansion will help to secure sufficient school places in an area where we know there are increasing numbers of pupils. I am pleased that we are enabling individuals and communities by supporting the school and local community to raise achievement and skills by providing top class education for all who live in the area.
Derby City Council will work closely with The Bemrose School to provide extra teaching accommodation to minimise any disruption that could be caused by the building work. There will be increased funding for the schools to employ the extra staff they need.