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Plans for new primary school to be considered

Published: 11 October 2022

Plans to build a new primary school to ensure there are enough places for children moving into a new housing development will be considered this week.

Our Cabinet will discuss a report on the funding of a school at New House Farm near Mickleover at a meeting on Thursday 13 October, which is item 10 on the agenda. If approved, the majority of the funding would be provided by housing developers.

Under the South Derbyshire District Council Local Plan there is significant housing growth to the south of Mickleover close to the Derby city boundary but within Derbyshire.

We have a statutory duty to provide sufficient pupil places in the county and a new 210-place school would meet that responsibility. If the funding is allocated, the potential new school would then become part of the Department for Education’s Wave 13 Free School programme.

Under the Free School Waves programme schools are funded via the Government using funding from housing developers – where, for example, there is a need for additional school places due to new homes being built as in this part of Derbyshire – but are not run by the local authority.

The new housing near Mickleover is being built in phases, the first of which generated funding via the housing developer to expand Etwall Primary School.

The first phase of expansion work is complete, and a further phase is in design, which will take that school to its maximum number for the size of the site.  A new school at New House Farm would educate up to 210 additional pupils based on an intake of 30 per year.

Our Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Alex Dale said:

“We know that schools are at the heart of communities across Derbyshire and we’re aware of the growing need for school places south of Mickleover.

“We’ve already worked to expand Etwall Primary School and as part of our ongoing commitment to giving every child in Derbyshire the best possible start in life I look forward to discussing the potential allocation of funding for this project at our Cabinet meeting this week.”