New primary school for a growing area of Derby

Published: 24 February 2022

Aerial view of Derby

The new primary school is to serve the expanding population of Boulton Moor

An exciting project is under way to build a new primary school to serve the expanding population of Boulton Moor.

Construction work on the new primary school, which will cater for more than 350 children, is set to start this Summer ready for a September 2023 opening. Derby City Council is now inviting proposals from Academy Trusts who can deliver high quality education and establish the primary school ready for opening.

New housing developments at Fellow Lands Way, Chellaston and Snelsmoor Grange, Boulton Moor are creating a total of 990 new homes, leading to more demand for primary school places in the area.

As a result of the new housing, a planning application for a new primary school has also been approved. The school will be located on a new site within the Snelsmoor Grange housing development and have 315 school places and 39 nursery places. The catchment area for the school will align with both the Snelsmoor Grange and Fellow Lands Way developments.

The new school will build pupil numbers incrementally, increasing by one year group each year. So, when it opens in September 2023, it will admit children into the Reception year group only. In September 2024, it will admit children into Reception and Year 1, and so on, until all year groups are open. If additional places are needed in other year groups before this date, the Council will work closely with the school to open up additional capacity as required.

Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Skills at Derby City Council said:

The new primary school and nursery development are a welcome addition to our existing education resource in Derby. The incremental growth of the school will allow for a high-quality level of teaching for the children while allowing them to settle into school life. We look forward to seeing the school take its place at the heart of a new community.

More information about the primary school development can be found on our website, along with the specifications for potential Academy sponsors.

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