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First published on 6th January 2017 in issue 116 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

First of all, I would like to wish all of our families and friends a very happy and successful 2017 from everyone at White Hills Park – I hope and trust you had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas season.

On arriving at Bramcote College today, many of the students will have seen workmen around the site, carrying out the detailed topographical survey that will form part of the planning application for our new school buildings. It is an incredibly exciting start to 2017 to see this vital project moving forward so well and we are now looking forward to developing and submitting detailed plans.

he White Hills Park Federation are working in partnership with Cornerstone Assets to deliver the school building project. Cornerstone is a social investment company that works with public bodies to provide commercial property solutions to public policy issues – in this case, helping us to realise the value we have in the Federation land so that we can rebuild and upgrade our school buildings. They have extensive experience successfully working with schools in similar circumstances to deliver new buildings and we were introduced to them by Nottinghamshire County Council who are keen to support the Federation’s need to offer facilities worthy of our students. We are also in discussion with CAD Associates, a firm of architects based in Lincoln, with a strong track record of designing innovative and successful education buildings and I would highly recommend looking at their work on their website www.cadassociates.co.uk.

Over the next few weeks, we will be generating the detailed design of the new 11-16 School and 6th Form Centre that will be located on the lower area of the Bramcote College campus. We will be gathering the views of students, staff and members of the local community, so that the design reflects the exciting vision that we have for the Federation and is something that provides the best quality environment for our students for years to come. Indeed, subject to the transfer of the freehold of the unused playing fields adjacent to Coventry Lane along with the Bramcote School site by Nottinghamshire County Council, we will be ready to submit the planning application by the end of this term. The project has an ambitious but achievable schedule so that we are occupying the new buildings by September 2019. We expect the sale of this land to realise enough capital to finance the entire project and contrary to what was in the press last year we are not seeking to change the use of the running track and field on Moor Lane next to the Primary School. Furthermore, to be clear, there is no impact from this project on any public areas of land including the expanded Bramcote Hills Park.

We have been grateful for the support we have received from a range of partners, including both Nottinghamshire County Council and Broxtowe Borough Council as well as members of our local community groups all of whom recognise and support the need for the best facilities for our young people. I will be delighted to keep you updated about the progress of the project over the next few months.