Rutland County Council approves new school plans in Oakham
Councillors have approved plans to create a new primary school in Oakham.
Rutland County Council’s cabinet made the decision at a meeting on Tuesday. The new school would have 210 places and is one of a series of measures designed to increase the number of school places in Rutland.
A report to the meeting said the cost of the school would be between £3m and £3.5m, without land costs.
The cabinet also approved a recommendation to use up to £1.3m of Government funding to expand Uppingham CE Primary School, and English Martyrs and Brooke Hill Primary in Oakham. This expansion will provide additional primary school places for the 2015/16 academic year.
Portfolio holder for development and deputy leader Terry King (Con) said: “Rutland’s population is growing and the council has been developing plans to accommodate more children within our local school system for some considerable time.
“The strategy we have approved today has been presented to the headteachers and chair of governors forums, which are both supportive of our approach.
“As a result, cabinet has approved recommendations to expand several primary schools in Rutland to meet the demand for places in the short term and has also agreed to begin the process of identifying a provider who would run a brand new primary school in Oakham.
“Rutland has consistently achieved over 90 per cent of first choice preferences for both primary and secondary school admissions. In order to maintain this position and meet the needs of local parents we must support the expansion of our schools.”
The council is now looking for a provider to run the new Oakham primary school and will accept expressions of interest from March 30 to May 29.
The money for the new school would be sourced from developer contributions and grants.