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Bramcote College New Build

First published on 11th December 2020 in issue 269 of the Trust Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and to all parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the websites of the Trust  and each of its academies.  Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

Many of you will have followed the various twists and turns of our efforts to secure a new build for Bramcote College and Bramcote College Sixth Form for several years now. It is fair to say that we have had a few false dawns along the way, but it is nice to be able to share some good news, and to report a genuine milestone. 
At a meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Policy Committee on Wednesday, a resolution was passed unanimously which approved the sale of the council’s freehold of land on Coventry Lane to our Trust for £1, on the condition that we then market the land and use the proceeds to rebuild the College. Our solicitors are now drawing up the contract which will put this into action.  

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Bramcote College New Build

First published on 16th October 2020 in issue 263 of the Trust Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and all parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, Bramcote College and Bramcote College Sixth Form websites. Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

I am writing to update you on the progress of our new build plans for Bramcote College. Last Autumn, we shared our plans for building a new school. I would like to thank everyone in our school community for your patience as we have worked on this, and I can reassure you that we have done everything possible to move forward.
I have been working closely with Nottinghamshire County Council officers and Council Members to drive the project forward and achieve our key purpose of building a brand new school and while I am frustrated this has not happened at the pace we expected, I am pleased we are now in a position to move forwards. I am grateful to the County Council for understanding the importance of having a suitable school building for the good of the entire community, and for working with us to overcome the obstacles.  

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Bramcote College New Build Design Signed Off

First published on 13th September 2019 in issue 220 of the Trust Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and all parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, Bramcote College and Bramcote College Sixth Form websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

This week, we signed off on the design of the new Bramcote College Building. Over the last few months, school and Trust staff have worked with the architects from ARK partnerships and the team from Wates, who will be carrying out the build, to design a new school of superb quality which will be a wonderful resource for our community. We have spoken to staff and members of the community, and also considered the views of all stakeholders, including students to make sure that all voices are represented.

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Bramcote College New Build Update: A big step forward

First published on 28th June 2019 in issue 215 of the Trust Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and all parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, Bramcote College and Bramcote College Sixth Form websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

This week saw another big step forward in the new Bramcote College build project. On Tuesday, we had the first of the consultation events that will take place as we develop the design. We were delighted to see a large group of parents, carers and members of our local community who came to see the early plans and give us their views. They were able to talk to Stella Rousseau, principal architect who was there with other colleagues from ARC Partnership, as well as representatives from Wates, the main contractor, and Nottinghamshire County Council, who are providing the up-front funding for the project.

We have now settled on the basic layout and configuration of the building, established a timeline and begun to design some of the internal spaces. Over the next few weeks, the way that the building is laid out will become more detailed, including the precise location of classrooms, offices and social spaces within the school. As the design is taking place, we have been able to establish some key principles:

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Bramcote College Building Update

First published on 24th May 2019 in issue 211 of the Trust Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and all parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, Bramcote College and Bramcote College Sixth Form websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

After a long and sometimes frustrating period of waiting, excitement is building as we are now planning in earnest for our new Bramcote College building. As you know, Nottinghamshire County Council have committed to providing the up-front funding for the new school, and we have been busy securing the necessary permissions and agreements so that the building work can begin. Over the next couple of weeks, there are a number of surveys that are taking place that will inform the design and construction, including ecology surveys, particularly important in a location like ours. We have also had on-site visits by contractors to discuss access, location of builders’ compound, deliveries and so on.

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New Building Update

First published on 5th April 2019 in issue 206 of the Trust Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and all parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote College and Bramcote College Sixth Form websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

It has been a little while since I wrote to you about the progress towards our new building and a lot has been happening in recent weeks and months and it’s probably a good time for an update.
First of all, some important decisions have been made that pave the way for the building to happen. Following hearings in December, it has been recommended by the Local Plan Inspector that the area covered by Bramcote College is removed from the Green Belt. This paves the way for the County Council to develop our former playing fields, in return for funding our new school. The significance of this is that funding is now in place. Furthermore, the Inspector made it clear that investment in new school buildings should not be delayed waiting for receipts from property sales. Nottinghamshire County Council will fund and cash flow the development of the school and will be reimbursed from receipts from the future development of the residential allocation.

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Land agreement paves the way for new secondary school in Bramcote

First published on 16th November 2018 by Nottinghamshire County Council and in issue 189 of the Trust 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 College and Bramcote College  Sixth Form websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of the Newsletter are available on request.

Click here to access the original Press Release from Nottinghamshire County Council.

County Councillors have agreed to enter into a partnership with the White Hills Park Federation Trust which will see the construction of a new secondary school in Bramcote.

Nottinghamshire County Council's Policy Committee gave the go ahead to the proposals for a new school at its meeting on 14 November., which will be funded through the sale of nearby land for new housing.

The new school, which will be built on the same site as the current Bramcote College at Moor Lane, will have provision for 600 places initially with capacity to expand by a further 150 places, depending on future demand. A new 200-place sixth form college will also be built as part of the development.

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Plans for new Bramcote College to be finalised next month

Written by Jamie Barlow for Nottinghamshire Live.  Published on the Nottingham Post website on  16th October 2018.

Original article can be found by clicking here.

Plans for the multi-million-pound new Bramcote College building are due to be finalised next month.

Councillors will meet to discuss issues including the funding of the project and timescales - so the plans can get to the formal planning stage.

The plan is to demolish and re-develop them in a bid to create a "state-of-the-art education facility incorporating a secondary school, sixth form centre and associated facilities".

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Bramcote College Redevelopment

First published on 13th July 2018 in issue 178 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 know, in recent years, White Hills Park Trust have been working on ambitious plans to rebuild Bramcote College as an all-through 11-18 school, to be funded by the sale of former playing fields on Coventry Lane. I know that parents will be keen to know how the project is progressing. Although it has been frustrating that we have had little visible progress in recent months, I would like to reassure you that we have been working to secure the necessary permissions and prepare the planning application.

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Our New School Is Coming!

First published on 21st April 2017 in issue 128 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.

On Wednesday evening we hosted a consultation event to showcase the designs for the new school building which will house students from The Bramcote School and Bramcote College. It was an extremely positive and popular event and there was a great deal of enthusiasm from the many people who attended. The plans on show were the detailed plans for the new school and college, and the outline plans for the housing development on Coventry Lane, which is the ‘enabling’ development that will fund the new building. We have now posted the plans on the Federation’s website (goo.gl/qcw84e), and I would encourage parents and students to have a look for yourselves.

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