The expansion was agreed on January 10 (Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council.)

A major expansion at Rushcliffe Spencer Academy in West Bridgford has been given the green light.

The multi-million pound expansion at Rushcliffe Spencer Academy will see an additional 560 secondary school places created and provide the local community with a new improved sports facility.

Hundreds of school places are needed following the addition of thousands of new homes in the catchment area in recent years.

Damian Painton, Principal at Rushcliffe Spencer Academy, said: “Getting to this stage has taken years of work by a great many people.

“I’m delighted that council members’ decision will enable more local children to come to our school and will ensure that pupils at Rushcliffe continue to have access to world class facilities in support of their education.”

The expansion will comprise of a stand- alone new teaching block with dining facilities and sports hall and associated changing facilities, remodelling works to existing buildings, improvements to the external area such as school access, car parking and grass roots pitch areas.

The demolition of the existing Rushcliffe Leisure Centre is also included in the works.

More than 50 new jobs will be created for local people in both teaching and support roles, to meet the needs of the growing school population.

Councillor Keith Girling, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Strategic Asset Management, said: “Building and expanding schools is one of the key ambitions of this council.

There is no better investment than securing children get a good education.”

He added: “Nottinghamshire has a strong workforce so it’s great the project will create jobs and opportunities to aid the local economy.

The new sports provision will be open to local community groups and clubs and will cement the schools place at the heart of the community.”

” (It) will cement the schools place at the heart of the community”

Councillor Keith Girling

The school joins a long list of schools across the county that will see millions of pounds invested by Nottinghamshire County Council over the next 12 – 18 months, ensuring children in Notts get the best possible education in modern, well-equipped schools.

In the most recent Ofsted inspection, the academy was given a rank of outstanding.