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Nottinghamshire County Council reviews school improvement programme, including Orchard School and Magnus Church of England Academy, Newark, and Minster School, Southwell

Progress on a schools building programme taking place throughout 2020 has been reviewed by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Members of the council’s children and young people’s committee heard the latest on new, expanded and improved schools, including ones in Newark, Southwell and Edwinstowe.

The work has been carried out as part of the council’s schools capital and building improvement programmes.

GV of the new Orchard School site on London Road, Newark on Trent. (43556581)
GV of the new Orchard School site on London Road, Newark on Trent. (43556581)

Building projects completed this year include Newark Orchard School, a new 140-place special school, including specialist learning environments, a hydrotherapy pool, and facilities designed specifically for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.

King Edwin Primary School, Edwinstowe, has had a classroom extended, replacing the previous mobile classroom.

The council has also been funding the expansion of academies, including Magnus Church of England Academy in Newark.

There have also been projects to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including at The Minster School, Southwell, which has features for visually-impaired pupils, with tactile guidance routes and warnings on stairs, as well as a bluetooth beacon guidance system that links to a mobile phone app.

Twenty-six different maintenance works have also been completed this year, including structural works, replacing a school boiler, heating, and drainage, with others due to be completed over the next 18 months.

Committee chairman Philip Owen said: “We have made good progress this year, with two new schools, expanded classrooms, and improved, better facilities, despite the impact of covid-19.

“It means we can better meet the needs of our county’s children and young people, ensuring there are enough schools places in Nottinghamshire both now, and in the future.

“I’m determined that children in our county get the possible start in life, and I’m committed to doing all I can to meet our goal of every child going to a good or outstanding school. Everyone should have the opportunity to get a superb education.”

Projects with a total value of around £5m are due to be carried out over the next few years.

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