Construction works are officially underway for a brand new school building on the Harrier Park development at the Rolls Royce site in Hucknall, following a £3.7 million investment from Nottinghamshire County Council.
Due to be operated as an academy by Flying High Trust, the school is being delivered by Arc Partnership– a joint venture between Nottinghamshire County Council and Scape Group – and is set to complete in summer 2019, in time for the new academic year.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The new school is part of our priority to make Nottinghamshire a place people are proud to call home and where children and young people can go to good schools.
“We are already working on plans to deliver up to eight new schools across the county to provide more than 1,400 new primary and secondary school places, reflecting the pace of new home building programmes across our county, bringing new jobs and prosperity for people.
“Every child should have the opportunity to succeed and we intend to make sure they have and have the very best opportunities to set them forward for the future.”
The school, known as Hucknall Flying High Academy, will offer 210 places, with the option to extend this further to 315.
Flying High Trust already have strong links to the area through the highly successful Hillside Primary & Nursery School, situated on Roberts Lane and are pleased to strengthen those ties further.
Chris Wheatley, Flying High Trust CEO, said “We are delighted to be opening the new school in Hucknall.
“This is an opportunity to be truly at the heart of the new community and to provide the very best learning outcomes and experiences, ensuring that we make every day count for the children and families of the Hucknall.
“With a state-of-the-art new build, an outstanding head teacher and the proven track record of the Flying High Trust, the future is very exciting!”
Head teacher, Karl Clowery said: “My whole approach to education focuses on ensuring children receive the very best education and are supported to be independent and with a lifelong love of learning. Our curriculum will be centred on enabling every child to fulfil their potential – based in creativity, enjoyment and a determination to be the best they can be.”
The academy is situated within the significant Harrier Park development of 900 new homes on the old Rolls Royce site, with its design taking inspiration from the surrounding listed buildings and heritage.
The school is now open for applications for all year groups via the Nottinghamshire County Council Admissions Portal.