More than 10,000 new school places will be created in Milton Keynes over the next four years.
Milton Keynes Council has confirmed plans to build seven new schools, and to expand several others, as part of a £160million project.
Two new schools will open in the ‘Western Expansion Area’ in 2016, with 669 students at each, opening, as well as a new 446-student primary school somewhere in the ‘South West Flank’.
Three schools will open in 2017 – a secondary school with 900 places in central Milton Keynes, plus a special school with 100 places and a primary school with 669 places at locations which have not been decided. And in 2018 there will be a new secondary school with 750 places in the ‘Western Expansion Area’.
Councillor Rob Middleton, cabinet member responsible for resources at Milton Keynes Council, said: “As a city, we are experiencing an increased and growing demand for pupil places.
“These new construction agreements will enable the council to build much-needed new schools, much more efficiently and at considerably better value.”
The council has signed up to a national frameworkto design and construct new schools and other major projects. Scape will help the council provide value for money and ensure local contractors can be part of the supply chains.
There will also be extra places at existing schools:
* Jubilee Wood – 372 places; Russell Street – 9 places; New Bradwell – 21 places; Moorland – 159 places; Brooklands Primary 2– 69 places; Lavendon – 35 places; Heronshaw – 90 places; Germander Park – 45 places.
* Denbigh – 30 places; Oakgrove – 30 places; Shenley Brook End – 38 places; Walnuts – 19 places; Newton Leys Primary – 69 places.
* Oakgrove Primary expansion – 69 places; Bushfield - 120 places; Walton High at Brooklands –160 places; Holmwood Nursery -26 places.
* Oldbrook Nursery – 26 places; 12 places at an unnamed school in north Milton Keynes.