Academy puts in ace plan for tennis courts and classrooms
TEN new classrooms and an all-weather sports pitch could be built at a Notts academy.
George Spencer Academy in Stapleford has asked Broxtowe Borough Council for permission to build the £1.3 million block on its lower school site in Toton Lane, to the south of the A52.
Principal Fraser Mitchell said it would help ease pressure for places.
“The academy has been over-subscribed year after year so we wanted to do something about it.
“We are a popular academy and want to be able to create more places for people in the area so they can send their children here.
“This work will allow us to do that.
“The academy last year had 1,339 students on its roll.Its lower site was chosen for the development as it has more room than the upper campus.
The block would be two storeys high. Mr Mitchell said it would be ultra modern but was unable to confirm which subjects or year groups would be taught there.
As well as the ten classrooms, there would be toilets, staff areas and an office.
The new sports pitch would boast three tennis and netball courts, replacing the existing tarmac ones which the academy says aren’t fit for purpose.
Mr Mitchell added:
“We already have a fantastic indoor sports hall which has been a great success.
“We really want to add to this facility with an outdoor area which will help with our sports provision.
“We already have very successful football and rugby teams which we are proud of.
“This is a very exciting time for us. We have sent in the plans so we will wait and see if we are able to go ahead.
“The building work depends on the school receiving planning consent from Broxtowe Borough Council.
The academy has received money from the Government-run Education Funding Agency.
Jane Radford, 32, who lives near the academy, said:
“It’s a good place so anything which means more parents can send children there is good.”
Simon Smith, who also lives nearby, added:
“It can only be good. Parents should be able to get their kids into good schools.”