A new primary school for Derby

Hackwood school page

Planning applications have been approved for 700 houses on the Hackwood Farm housing development site.

The site sits on the Derby City/Derbyshire County Council border, with 410 homes in Derby City and 290 homes in South Derbyshire. The new school will be within the Derby City boundary and will serve the whole development. Based on Derby City Council’s standard pupil yield multiplier, it is anticipated that 196 primary school-aged pupils will be generated by a development of this size.

Derby City Council has identified that additional primary capacity is required in Mickleover to serve the new housing development at Hackwood Farm. A new one form of entry primary school (210 pupils) with a 26 place nursery is proposed to open in September 2019 to be located on a new site within the Hackwood Farm housing development. Work is due to begin on the new school building in October 2018.

A one form entry primary school is planned for the following reasons:

  • the likely pupil yield from the new housing aligns to a one form of entry primary school (210 pupils)
  • all primary schools in the Mickleover area are full or are almost full
  • a new school will increase choice and diversity for parents.

In the longer term, it is possible that the school will need to expand to become a 1.5 form of entry primary school (315 pupils) as further housing developments in the Mickleover area are built. The school is being designed as a one form of entry primary school with core infrastructure to enable an expansion to 1.5 forms of entry, should this be required in the future.

Potential academy sponsors

Under Section 13 of the Education Act 1996, local authorities must ensure that primary and secondary education is available to meet the needs of the population of their area. The Education Act 2011 changed the arrangements for establishing new schools and introduced Section 6A (the academy/free school presumption) to the Education and Inspections Act 2006. Where a local authority identifies the need to establish a new school it must, in the first instance, seek proposals to establish an academy.

Derby City Council is therefore seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors to open this new school. This school would be deemed a free school.

Key dates

The table below shows the indicative timeline for the project.

Invitation to submit a proposal is published Thursday 26 July 2018
Closing date for submission of formal bids 5pm on Thursday 6 September 2018
Shortlisted bidders to make formal presentation to Derby City Council selection panel Monday 8 October 2018
Scoring of bids and identification of preferred bidder Thursday 25 October 2018
Cabinet member approval sought in relation to preferred bidder w/c Monday 29 October 2018
Inform Department for Education (DfE) of preferred bidder Monday 5 November 2018
Await Department for Education confirmation of sponsor for new academy November/December 2018
New academy to open September 2019

How to apply

The information pack and specification includes further details on the proposed new school and the application process, including an application form:

Bids should arrive no later than 5pm on Thursday 6 September 2018.

Further information

If you would like further information, please email school.proposals@derby.gov.uk.

Please note, the local authority-led, free school presumption is a different route to the DfEs free school programme. Further information about how to establish a new school via the DfEs free school programme route can be found on the Directgov website.

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