£44m to improve schools buildings across Notts
A £44 million war chest will build extra classrooms and bring old school buildings up to scratch in Notts.
Notts County Council is splashing £14 million on more classroom space in the next year. Among schools to benefit from the 2013-14 capital programme will be Arnold Mill Primary, Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery, and Ernehale Infants' in Arnold.
Lambley Primary and Leen Mills Primary in Hucknall are also on the list.
The council's policy committee agreed to the spending on Wednesday as well as £30 million to bring old buildings up to scratch as part of a £65.5 million three-year programme.
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The news was greeted with delight by Arnold Mill head teacher Matt Lawrence, who said: "We are very pleased about this. We are an oversubscribed school."
Kay Collinson, head at Ernehale Infants', said: "Our school will have a new roof, new ceilings, new lighting and new heating. All of these things aren't affordable for schools so we are grateful for the council funding. We are also hoping for two extra classrooms which will give us more room to take in extra children."
Mick Conroy, site manager at Lambley Primary, hoped to get a new classroom as well as a storeroom.
John White, head teacher at Leen Mills, was equally jubilant. He said: "There is an oversubscription issue with schools in Hucknall, so extra room created by an extension will be very important for us."
Councillor Reg Adair, chairman of the council's finance and property committee, said: "Our plans for ongoing and increased investment in our schools is helping to transform the learning environment for thousands of our children and the benefits are already showing with our best ever set of exam results, achieved this year."
Other schools to benefit are Croft Primary and Dalestorth Primary and Nursery, Sutton-in-Ashfield; Ordsall Primary, Retford; Sir Edmund Hillary Primary, Worksop; King Edward Primary, Berry Hill Primary and Nursery, Mansfield Primary, St Peter's CofE Primary, Sutton Road Primary, and Rosebrook Primary and Nursery School, all in Mansfield; Barnby Road Academy and Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Primary in Newark, and Carnavon Primary in Bingham.