Plans to be considered by Cabinet members of Derby City Council propose the expansion of three secondary schools due to increasing numbers.

The Council has a legal duty to ensure there are sufficient schools places in Derby.

At a meeting on June 21st, it is recommended that from September 2019 Murray Park School will have an additional 550 places, Derby Moor Community Sports Centre 170 additional places, and West Park School 150 additional places.

The schemes for Derby Moor and West Park are estimated to cost £1.5 million, while an estimated budget of £8.5m has been set aside for the major project at Murray Park. The funding is being met from the Council’s overall Schools Capital Programme.

The proposals for Murray Park School, which will include a new teaching block, are subject to a consultation period to increase the size of the school.

A report to the meeting says that Murray Park pupil numbers and projections will continue to be monitored and reviewed, with officers liaising closely with the school over the phasing for the opening of the new places.

The Council has already approved plans to increase the number of pupils by 200 at Bemrose School for the 2018-19 year.

The report says that proposals for the opening of Derby Cathedral School in September 2018 are still to be finalised.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“Ensuring the best possible education for our children is a priority for the Council.

‘The proposed expansions are to ensure that there are sufficient secondary places available in Derby, with growth in pupil numbers projected for the Year 7 in-take from September 2018 and September 2019.

‘The Murray Park School expansion proposal is subject to the statutory process as the proposal is to add over 200 school places. The process involves consultation, publication of a statutory notice and consideration of the responses received.’