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School aims to expand


A school plans to knock down old buildings and expand to provide a new sports hall and classrooms.

Highfields School, Newark, has applied to Newark and Sherwood District Council for planning permission to demolish a nursery and sports hall and build a new nursery unit, sports hall, two new classrooms and extend its kitchen.

The school, founded in 1945, has been in its present location, the former home of Mr William Oliver Quibell, a past Mayor of Newark, since 1946.

Highfields is a private preparatory school for girls and boys. According to the school’s website it costs £1,852 a term to attend.

The school has about 440 pupils, aged three to 11.

If plans are approved a larger sports hall, which will be available to the public, will be built on the site of the old sports hall.

Two classrooms for junior pupils, aged seven to 11, would be built on the site of the old nursery building near other junior classrooms. A nursery block would be built at the front of the building.

A nursery classroom for three and four-year-olds would be next to the foundation unit for four and five-year-olds.

The chairman of governors, Mrs Beryl Rimmer, said: “Governors decided to take a creative and longer-term view of the school’s future rather than simply replacing existing buildings.

“Highfields School is large enough to provide high-quality teaching and provision of resources, yet small enough to ensure that each child can develop as an individual in its caring environment.

“In considering any development governors are anxious to retain the character and traditions of the school.

“It is not the school’s intention to expand at this stage. However, governors are mindful of the possibility of this being an option in the future, if and when the financial climate improves.”

Mrs Rimmer said the cost of the project would be significant.

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