Holgate school to be replaced

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Planning permission has been granted for a new school to be built at Holgate Primary School in Hucknall.

The two-storey replacement primary school will be built on the existing playing field to the north of the present infant school building on High Leys Road.

Annie Holgate Infant and Junior Schools amalgamated to become Holgate Primary School at the start of this academic year.

There will be a replacement playing field on the site of the existing school buildings following their demolition.

Headteacher Emma Severn said: “The difference this will make to the learning environment of the children now and in the future is immense. It will undoubtedly give them a greater sense of being part of something that is really special and make them proud of who they are and who they aspire to become.”

The planning application was approved on 20th January by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC)’s Planning and Licensing Committee.

Work is expected to start on the 420-place school and 39-place nursery later this month and the school plans to open its doors to pupils in January (2016).

The project will be paid for using cash from the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme in partnership with the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

NCC successfully bid for funding from the scheme to replace 12 schools across the county with the first of the rebuilds, Fountaindale Special School in Mansfield, completed in November.

NCC has been supporting the school and EFA through the process including helping provide information and planning advice.

Under the plans, there will be hard and soft play areas outside the nursery and reception classrooms.

The hard play area for the existing infant school, to the west of the proposed building, will be retained and re-used. And an existing area of hard play to the north of the junior school building will also be retained and used as a multi-use games area.