Larkfields Junior and Infant Schools could face huge expansion

Larkfields Junior School
Larkfields Junior School

Two Nuthall schools will find out early next week if plans to significantly expand the sites are to be given the go-ahead.

Larkfields Infant School and Larkfields Senior School are just two of 13 schools in Nottinghamshire which could increase pupil places by 25 per cent or more from September 2015 to meet rising 
demands.

However, if given the go-ahead on Monday by Nottinghamshire County Council, the proposals would still be subject to detailed feasibility studies which will determine whether or not the sites are suitable for expansion.

Councillor John Peck, chairman for the children and young people’s committee, said the council’s projections indicate demand for places at schools in these areas will exceed supply from September next year.

He added: “We have a legal duty to find school places for all children of statutory school age whose parents want them to be educated in a state-funded school.

“It is paramount that we plan ahead. We need to think about the next ten to 20 years, not just the here and now and increase schools’ capacities in certain locations to meet demand in the same way as we’ve been doing in other areas.”

The council has already completed two ambitious programmes of primary school expansions with over 2,000 places created during the 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years.

Both schools declined to comment.