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New primary school to be sited on the Middlebeck development

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A new 630-pupil primary school is to be built in Newark to replace the existing Christ Church Infant School on Victoria Street.

The new school will provide for the growth in demand for places because of housing developments.

Members of Nottinghamshire County Council's children and young people's committee have supported the plans to build one larger primary school on the Middlebeck housing development, south of Newark.

The new school, Christ Church Primary School, will replace the existing Christ Church Infant School. It will be funded by re-negotiating Section 106 contributions from the developer.

The contributions to build one larger primary school, with capacity to extend to a three-form entry, will replace the existing proposal to provide two smaller primary schools.

Consultations will be carried out with Christ Church Infant School's governing body, the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese and the community to extend the age range and to become a primary school.

The committee chairman, Mr Philip Owen, said a key challenge for the county council will be to secure high quality school places for primary-aged children during the early stages of the housing development, prior to meeting of any Section 106 trigger points, and before any new school is built.

To meet the need for school places, during the early part of the housing development, councillors agreed to extend the age range of the current Christ Church Infant School to a primary school.

"In 2010 the whole school cohort was 29, and whilst it has grown significantly as a result of the collaboration with Coddington Primary School, it faces considerable financial and curriculum delivery challenges," said Mr Owen.

"This proposal represents a great opportunity to secure the long term future of Christ Church Infant School and provide an excellent opportunity for existing and future families in the Newark town area."

It is planned that during the 2020/21 academic year pupils in year three will be taught on the existing Christ Church Infant School site.

By September 2021 phase one ­— a 210 place primary with the capacity to expand to a 630 place school ­— of the new Christ Church Primary School will be complete.

The subsequent phases of the new school are the subject of a detailed agreement with the school planned to grow as the housing development progresses.

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