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First published on 24th February 2017 in issue 122 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.

As you will know from recent Newsletters, our buildings project is progressing rapidly at the moment, and we are now entering the detailed school design stage. Although recent progress has been extremely encouraging, there is a lot to do in a relatively short space of time to meet our target of being in the new buildings by September 2019, including obtaining the necessary agreements, marketing and selling land, completing the design of the school, vacating The Bramcote School, carrying out public consultations, engaging a contractor, carrying out surveys and so on. Many of these things are happening simultaneously, and indeed many have already begun.

Over the next six weeks, we will be having the first of the formal legal consultations that will form part of the process. We are asking for your views on two aspects of our plans, both of which are essential to delivering the overall project. Firstly, the proposal to sell the former playing fields on Coventry Lane. This is the land that will be sold to finance the development of our new schools. Although it is in the ownership of the Federation Trust, it has not been used as a school playing field for many years, and has been identified by Broxtowe Council as a suitable site for housing.

Secondly, we are also seeking views on the proposed move from the Bramcote School site, which would mean returning the lease of the site of the existing school buildings to the Local Authority. It would not affect the ownership or use of the running track and playing fields on Moor Lane adjacent to Bramcote Hills Primary School. These will remain available for the use of our students, and the students of Bramcote Hills Primary and Foxwood Schools.

The formal consultation letter will be published on our websites from Monday and we would be very grateful to any parents or friends who take the trouble to respond. Obviously, we hope that the response is positive, which would certainly reflect the discussions I have been having with parents and members of the local community. We will also be asking parents to give their views at any school events that are held during the consultation period. 

We are planning to hold a consultation event for members of the school community to see the detail of the school plans and to give your comments and suggestions on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th. This will be an opportunity to see the whole project coming to life, and to understand how the new schools will look and operate. I will give precise details of timings and arrangements in the next few weeks. We are also putting plans into place for the move from The Bramcote School at the end of next term. I will be talking to parents about these at the Bramcote School Parents’ Forum next Thursday.