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Newark: Schools in Advertiser area to benefit from £3.4m investment by Nottinghamshire County Council

Schools across the Advertiser area are to benefit from a £3.4m investment programme by Nottinghamshire County Council.

It includes a new carpark for Lowe’s Wong Junior School, increasing the capacity of South Nottinghamshire Academy, Radcliffe, and improvements to other schools.

Nottinghamshire County Council. (36450709)
Nottinghamshire County Council. (36450709)

The council is also investing in school facilities through its School Building Improvement Programme.

“The £3.4m project will upgrade schools around Nottinghamshire, improving heating, boilers and pipework, drainage, kitchen ventilation, and replacing roofs,” said council leader Mrs Kay Cutts.

Mr Mike Follen, head at Lowe’s Wong, said the school would benefit from a new carpark and learning facilities.

“We have a new classroom, which has replaced our mobile classrooms and future proofs the site, so that will obviously be fantastic for the children,” said Mr Follen.

“We have also had a huge flood development on our field.

“Various flood alleviation projects are taking place right now to slow the flow of the water coming down from the hill to protect the rest of the town.

“It is very impressive to see and it is something that has been worked on for the last six months or so.

“Once it is finished, there will be a wildlife pond as well, where as before we had a big field.

“It will be more interesting for us as a school and obviously it will slow down the water, so it benefits everybody massively.”

South Nottinghamshire Academy has increased its capacity by 150 places.

The expansion would help to meet increasing demand for secondary school places in the area over the next ten years.

Mrs Cutts, who represents Radcliffe, said: “The expansion will mean that parents can continue to send their children to the school of their choice.

“It will also help to ensure that we meet our statutory duty of providing sufficient school places across the county, both now and in the future.

“It’s part of a multi-million-pound investment in new and existing schools, to ensure that we meet demand for places as our communities grow, and that our buildings and facilities are up to a good standard.”

Improvements will also be made at Dean Hole Primary School, Caunton; Maun Primary School, Ollerton; and Muskham Primary School.

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