£25m investment in our schools
SCHOOLS in the city and county are to get more than £25 million to build extensions and do vital maintenance work.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to provide £4 billion to local authorities across the country for the work.
And Nottingham City Council and Notts County Council will both get a large chunk.
The city is to receive £2.9 million for maintenance work in 2013-14. and will get £7 million for providing extra school places over the next two years.
Over the same period, the county council will get £11.6 million for maintenance work and £5.1 million for providing extra places.
Councillor David Mellen, the city's portfolio holder for children's services, said it was important money.
Though it is too early for the council to say how the cash will be distributed, the maintenance money is likely to go on repairing faulty boilers and leaky roofs.
Mr Mellen said: "I welcome this money. It is something which we receive each year and it will all go to the benefit of children in the city.
"I will be in talks with people in the council to decide how best this money can be divided. This will depend on where the need is greatest."
The money can be split between all types of schools, including academies.
Both authorities have done a lot of recent work on providing more space in schools, especially primaries.
In the city the old Lenton Primary School building was reopened earlier this year after a £900,000 revamp – and is being used as an extension of Dunkirk Primary.
The county council this week also agreed to an extension for Heymann Primary School, in West Bridgford.
Councillor Philip Owen, the county's children and young people's services chairman, says they are still targeting West Bridgford, along with Mansfield and Newark as, areas for school expansions.
He said: "We have a lot of young families in these areas, so it is likely this is where much of the money will go."
Helen Manger, 46, of West Bridgford, whose 11-year-old daughter Catherine goes to Heymann, said it was important work is done. "Schools like Heymann are good and parents want to send their children to them, so it is important there are places," she said.
The maintenance work is also very important, with many schools being forced to close this winter with broken-down boilers.
West Bridgford Infant School was one of the most recent to suffer this fate last month.
"We don't want children to be missing school," said Mr Owen.
Making the announcement yesterday, Education Secretary Mr Gove said: ""Ensuring that every child is able to attend a good or outstanding school in their local area is at the heart of our school reforms."