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Sept 2009 - Issue 2

Schools for the Future Update

Welcome to the second newsletter from Nottingham’s Local Education Partnership (LEP). It’s been a busy summer and this month sees the establishment of three new academies and a new special school in Nottingham, which are projects being delivered by the LEP. To keep up to date with all the latest news and information, visit

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Wave 2: Phase 1 The rebuilding of Big Wood School in Top Valley started in the summer of 2008 with the first phase reaching completion this summer. The new buildings will be officially opened by Vernon Coaker, Labour MP for Gedling and Minister of State for Schools and Learners, on Friday, 25 September. Pupils from the school will join Vernon Coaker, former Deputy Head teacher at Big Wood School, to plant a tree in the new courtyard which is the centre piece of the new school. Work is now underway on phase two which involves building a new entrance and sports hall and is due to be completed in April 2010.

Hadden Park High School in Bilborough is being completely remodelled and the second phase of work was completed this summer. This month, teachers and pupils will start making use of re-modelled science, English and modern foreign languages areas. Work is now progressing on the final phase 3 of the building that will re-model the humanities, business, ICT and main entrance areas. Consultation by the Interim Executive Board at Hadden Park on foundation/ trust proposals also kicks off this month.

Oak Field School and Sports College in Bilborough has been established this month. The school will operate from two sites on Harvey Road and Robins Wood Road until the new building is completed in November 2009. Wave 2: Phase 2 Work will start this month on developing initial designs for Ellis Guilford School in Old Basford and in further developing the initial designs that have been drawn up for Rosehill School in St Ann’s. Wave 5 The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has approved Nottingham City Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Wave 5 ‘Strategy for Change Part 2’. This approval demonstrates that the DSCF is happy with the plans the Council has to spend approximately £79 million of funding to transform secondary and special needs education in the city into 21st century facilities that can adapt easily to the future curriculum and school organisation. This will complete in Nottingham, the Government’s pledge to see every state secondary school in England rebuilt or remodelled. The next step is for the Council to submit a business case, setting out in detail the scope, cost, risks, how services are commissioned and the project timetable.


Schools for the Future Update Academies This month The Bulwell Academy, Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) and Nottingham Academy have been established. The academies will operate from existing school buildings until the new buildings are completed. To view webcams on site at Bulwell and NUSA visit The Final Business Case for Nottingham Academy has been submitted to Nottingham City Council’s Executive Board.

Primary Capital Programme Work is well underway on the first four schools in Phase 1a of the PCP. The City Council received Stage 2 submissions (detailed designs) from the LEP in August. These will now go through the Council’s approval process over the next few weeks. We hope to complete this second stage by November 2009 and start construction work in January 2010.

learn.nottingham – Nottingham’s Managed Learning Environment (MLE) Nottingham based company Ramesys is a specialist supplier of integrated ICT solutions to schools and communities in the UK. Ramesys is responsible for the ICT element of Nottingham’s BSF programme, including not only infrastructure but also other services such as transformation, training and the integration of a range of both existing and new services. A key element integrating the ICT and over-reaching all of the transformational activities is Nottingham’s Managed Learning Environment (MLE), learn.nottingham. This is a Microsoft SharePoint based Learning Environment developed by Ramesys in partnership with Nottingham City Council, providing students and staff across the city a single point of access to their own areas on the network as well as shared network resources, email and news, within school but also with secure remote web access. This Learning Environment has been piloted over the summer term with a selection of schools and is now officially live with all the new establishments that opened in September.

Dates for the diary 25.9.09 Official opening of Big Wood Phase 1 14.10.09 Microsoft Roadshow/Learn. nottingham event. To find out more, call 0115 915 9511 11.11.09 NUSA Celebration of Opening 12.11.09 Excellence in BSF Awards. To find out more, click here. The Local Education Partnership (LEP) is a partnership between Nottingham City Council, inspiredspaces and Buildings Schools for the Future Investments. The LEP’s main suppliers are Carillion, providing construction and facilities management, and Ramesys providing the ICT expertise.

The interface also provides a robust platform for the future development of new and innovative computer based learning systems.

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Schools for the Future Update - Sept 09  
Schools for the Future Update - Sept 09  

Welcome to the second newsletter from Nottingham’s Local Education Partnership (LEP). It’s been a busy summer and this month sees the establ...