Doncaster Council has successfully bid for Government funding for a new primary school and nursery at Woodfield Plantation in Balby.
The authority has also been successful in gaining funding for a major extension of Hexthorpe Primary.
The funding comes from the Department for Education (DfE) under the Targeted Basic Needs Programme. The DfE has not yet released exact details of funds but the cash will pay for 420 places at the new Woodfield Plantation School and 52 nursery places. The school is planned to open by September 2015. There will be 210 additional places funded at Hexthorpe.
As part of the process the new primary school planned for the Woodfield Plantation area will need to be an academy. The council is inviting expressions of interest for potential sponsors to run the school. Full details can be found on the council’s website: http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/sections/educationandlearning/pupilandparentinformation/schoolorganisation/index.aspx
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Children and young people are top priorities for me. 630 new school places and 52 nursery places is fantastic news for Doncaster. This was a competitive bidding process with authorities from across the country putting forward proposals and I am delighted with the outcome.
“We recognise there is an increasing need for school places in areas of the borough and are taking a proactive approach in response. This latest development is part of our strategy to improve educational outcomes and make sure that we have high quality places in the right areas.”