Hundreds more school places in £21m scheme

Plans for 1,487 new school places in Milton Keynes are moving forward, with city education bosses set to confirm spending details for five schemes.

Milton Keynes Council’s procurement committee will be asked to give approval for three building projects next week, with a combined £21million budget.

These will be:

750 new places at Brooklands, a new secondary school which will be an extension Walton High School;

120 places at Moorland Infant School, allowing it to expand and become a primary school so pupils can stay until the end of Year 6;

An extra 19 places for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at The Walnuts School.

The council is is also currently tendering for contracts for two more projects. These are:

210 additional places at Knowles Primary School;

388 places at Shenley Brooke End School.

The new places will be phased into the schools in some instances, with 50 places per year group over five years at Shenley Brook End, with the other 138 places being for sixth formers.

And although Walton High will initially be for 750 
students, the building will have a capacity for 1,200 
students, plus 400 sixth form places.

Councillor Norman Miles, portfolio holder for children and lifelong learning at MK Council, said: “Education standards are rising in Milton Keynes.

“This is being achieved through collaboration with schools.

“Projects such as Walton High at Brooklands and creating a Moorlands Primary School are about working with popular and successful local schools to meet the rising demand for school places.”