Boulevard Academy and Malet Lambert expansion plans have been given the go-ahead, by the Regional Schools Commission and the Department for Education.
Proposals to expand the city’s secondary schools were discussed at the council’s Cabinet in December and consultation has since taken place by the academies.
The school expansions will mean an increase in pupil places of –
- Boulevard Academy: expansion from 660 to 900 places, with 720 places being available from September this year
- Malet Lambert School: expansion from 1,600 to 1,750 places from September 2021
Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children said: “The expansion of these secondary schools will see an additional 300 pupil places in the city, which is excellent news.
“We continue to work with Academy Trusts to ensure we can accommodate the rising numbers of children needing school places, whilst working to ensure as many children as possible have access to their preferred schools, providing the best education possible in the best learning environments possible.”
At Boulevard Academy, the expansion will include new dedicated rooms for food technology and textiles, meaning the school will be able to offer courses in these subjects for the first time. There will be an additional multi-use games area, improving the outdoor exercise spaces for students and enhancing the PE provision. Two specialist music rooms, a library, art rooms and STEM (science, technology, English and maths) spaces will be added, and computer science facilities will be improved.
At Malet Lambert the expansion will include a new large indoor multi-use area, to assist with capacity during lunchtimes and exam periods, along with an increase to indoor sporting facilities, allowing pupils access to more sports. There will also be five new classrooms to assist in accommodating more pupils.