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We welcome investments in Derbyshire schools

Published: 8 February 2021

Today we welcome government support to build 2 new schools in Derbyshire, and funding to improve 2 others.

The government announced that 2 new schools would be built in the county, and run as academies. These are a primary school for The Avenue site in Wingerworth, near Chesterfield, and a new secondary school at Infinity Park to meet the need for more school places in South Derbyshire.

Both schools will be built and run by trusts, Derbyshire Diocesan Academy Trust for The Avenue and George Spencer Academies Trust for Infinity Park. We've worked with both trusts and the Department for Education on the bid for money, which will come from a combination of housing developer funds and direct funding from the government.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People, Councillor Alex Dale, said:

“I’m delighted that the government has announced its support to build both these schools.

“We’ve worked with both the Derbyshire Diocesan Academies Trust and the George Spencer Academies Trust on planning for these schools and I’m sure that they will do an excellent job in getting each school built and ready for the students who will attend.

“The secondary school at Infinity Park will really help to take pressure of other local secondary schools and will provide enough places for the numbers of new homes being built in the area.

“And building a new primary for The Avenue site will also help to provide places for all those children whose families move into new homes on the site.

“It’s great to see the government supporting the council in investing in first-class educational facilities to help give children and young people in Derbyshire the best possible start in life.”

The government also announced funding for building work at Somerlea Park Junior in Somercotes and Wilsthorpe School in South Derbyshire. We're waiting for further information on the amount of money awarded and what it is for.