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First published on 21st April 2017 in issue 128 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

On Wednesday evening we hosted a consultation event to showcase the designs for the new school building which will house students from The Bramcote School and Bramcote College. It was an extremely positive and popular event and there was a great deal of enthusiasm from the many people who attended. The plans on show were the detailed plans for the new school and college, and the outline plans for the housing development on Coventry Lane, which is the ‘enabling’ development that will fund the new building. We have now posted the plans on the Federation’s website (goo.gl/qcw84e), and I would encourage parents and students to have a look for yourselves.

First published on the website of The White Hills Park Federation Trust on 20th April 2017.

The White Hills Park Federation Trust are pleased to present proposals for the redevelopment of the Bramcote College site, Moor Lane, Bramcote. Proposals include the demolition and redevelopment of the existing college buildings to provide a new state of the art education facility incorporating a secondary school, sixth form centre and associated facilities. In order to finance these ambitious redevelopment proposals an existing area of former school playing fields, located adjacent to Coventry Lane, will be developed for up to 500 residential properties with associated access, infrastructure, open space and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS).

First published on 12th April 2017 via the social media (Facebook & Twitter) accounts of The White Hills Park Federation Trust, The Bramcote School, Bramcote College, and Alderman White School.  Also, emailed to all parents/carers of every student within The White Hills Park Federation Trust for whom we hold a valid email address.

Invitation to a Community Exhibition Consultation
New School & Residential Development
Moor Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham

This event will provide an opportunity to meet representatives from the Project Team, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We hope that you will be able to attend, so that we may learn about any local issues that may need to be considered before the application is submitted.

The exhibition will be held on:
Wednesday 19th April 2017
from 3pm - 7pm at Bramcote College
Moor Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3GA

First published on the website of The White Hills Park Federation Trust on 27th February 2017 in line with reference in previous article: "The formal consultation letter will be published on our websites from Monday"
As a result of the earlier significant change application resulting in the re-location of Bramcote School to the Bramcote College site in Autumn 2017 and the closure of the Bramcote School site, The White Hills Park Federation Trust have undertaken some significant work in relation to the re-provision of the Bramcote School.

Both the Bramcote School and Bramcote College sites have surplus playing field land, and therefore the detached playing field adjacent to Coventry Lane has been identified for disposal to support the re-provision of the Bramcote School which will result in improved facilities for the student, school and the local community.

Notice is hereby given that the White Hills Park Federation Trust intends to apply to the Secretary of State for the disposal of the detached playing fields adjacent to Coventry lane under Schedule 1 of the Academies Act 2010 and Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.  This area is approximately 10 Hectares of land, which has not been used for over 8 years.  Discussions are being held with both Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottingham County Council with respect to the future use of this land.

Notice is also given that The White Hills Park Federation Trust intends to apply to the Secretary of State for the return of the lease of the main Bramcote School site to Nottingham County Council under Schedule 1 of the Academies Act 2010.  This is approximately 4.7 hectares and incorporates only the school buildings.   No decision has been taken at this time regarding the future use of this site.

The consultation period will run from Monday 27th February to Sunday 9th April inclusive.  The White Hills Park Federation Trust would like to receive your response should you either support or reject the proposals above, and would be very grateful to any parents, friends or members of the local school community who take the time to respond to the short survey.  We will also be asking parents to give their views at any school events that are held during the consultation period, and there will also be a public consultation event on Wednesday 29th March 2017* if you wish to find out more about the proposals, see the detail of the school plans, and give your comments and suggestions. This will be an opportunity to see the whole project coming to life, and to understand how the new schools will look and operate.

The online consultation can be accessed via the following link: https://goo.gl/3RiRO7

*Public consultation event date changed to Wednesday 19th April 2017

First published on 24th February 2017 in issue 122 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

As you will know from recent Newsletters, our buildings project is progressing rapidly at the moment, and we are now entering the detailed school design stage. Although recent progress has been extremely encouraging, there is a lot to do in a relatively short space of time to meet our target of being in the new buildings by September 2019, including obtaining the necessary agreements, marketing and selling land, completing the design of the school, vacating The Bramcote School, carrying out public consultations, engaging a contractor, carrying out surveys and so on. Many of these things are happening simultaneously, and indeed many have already begun.

Over the next six weeks, we will be having the first of the formal legal consultations that will form part of the process. We are asking for your views on two aspects of our plans, both of which are essential to delivering the overall project. Firstly, the proposal to sell the former playing fields on Coventry Lane. This is the land that will be sold to finance the development of our new schools. Although it is in the ownership of the Federation Trust, it has not been used as a school playing field for many years, and has been identified by Broxtowe Council as a suitable site for housing.

Secondly, we are also seeking views on the proposed move from the Bramcote School site, which would mean returning the lease of the site of the existing school buildings to the Local Authority. It would not affect the ownership or use of the running track and playing fields on Moor Lane adjacent to Bramcote Hills Primary School. These will remain available for the use of our students, and the students of Bramcote Hills Primary and Foxwood Schools.

First published on 13th January 2017 in issue 117 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

Last week, I wrote about the excellent progress we are making with our new buildings. We are very keen to receive input from our parents and members of the local community. We have a short survey that can be accessed via the Buildings and Improvements pages of our website* – we would be very pleased to hear your views.

*Survey now closed.  20/02/2017

First published on 6th January 2017 in issue 116 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address. They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

First of all, I would like to wish all of our families and friends a very happy and successful 2017 from everyone at White Hills Park – I hope and trust you had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas season.

On arriving at Bramcote College today, many of the students will have seen workmen around the site, carrying out the detailed topographical survey that will form part of the planning application for our new school buildings. It is an incredibly exciting start to 2017 to see this vital project moving forward so well and we are now looking forward to developing and submitting detailed plans.

First published on 2nd December 2016 in issue 113 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address, They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

As you know, we have exciting plans for the development of the school buildings in our Federation. Over the next few years, we will completely rebuild the large majority of our school buildings and refurbish and upgrade all other areas that are not sufficiently high quality and fit for purpose. The project continues to gather momentum, and we are now entering a very exciting period.

First published on 16th September 2016 in issue 103 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address, They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue.

As you know, over the last couple of years, we have been involved in negotiations which will result in the rebuilding or extensive refurbishment of buildings in all parts of our Federation. We intend to rehouse The Bramcote School students in a brand new school on the Bramcote College site, alongside a new purpose-built sixth form college. We will also upgrade or replace all of the buildings at Alderman White. In this way, we intend to ensure that our students, and future generations of students are taught in the best possible conditions. It is a hugely exciting vision, and one which has generated great enthusiasm from students, staff and parents.

First Published on 18th March 2016 on Alderman White School and The Bramcote School Websites

We have opened a consultation document, attached below. Please return via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The consultation is now open and will run until Sunday 1st May. Thank you for your interest and support.

As you know, we recently announced our plans for Phase 1 of our new school building project. This involves moving out of The Bramcote School site and relocating the students in the current Bramcote College building, and using the proceeds of the sale to build a new 6th Form building. We propose to move from the current Bramcote School site at the end of the next school year, in July 2017. I have had many conversations with staff, students, parents and members of the local community since our announcement, and I am delighted with the positive response.

Published in the Nottigham Post and on their website on 12th February 2016. Read at http://www.nottinghampost.com/20m-plans-unveiled-new-nottinghamshire-school/story-28720343-detail/story.html#D300uYkfgG0c5Uxo.99

 

First Published on 2nd February 2016 on the Alderman White School and Bramcote School Websites. Also published on 10th February 2016 in issue 82 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address, They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

As you know, we have been developing plans to improve or replace our school buildings for some time now. Our vision is that our students are educated in the highest quality fit-for-purpose school buildings, with excellent facilities and equipment, at the centre of our local community. Over the last eighteen months, the Directors of The Federation Trust have been working with a range of partners to move this vision forward, including architects, planning authorities, commercial organisations and representatives from local government. We have also been in consultation with community groups in our local area.

First published on 10th July 2015 in issue 60 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address, They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

I have written before about the poor quality of much of our school building stock and the impact it has on our daily organisation, our budget and in some cases, our ability to deliver aspects of the curriculum. As you know, it is our ambition and intention to rebuild completely Bramcote College and The Bramcote School, and to rebuild parts of Alderman White and substantially refurbish all other areas. Over the course of the last year, I have had many discussions with parents and other interested parties about how the plans were taking shape, and what the next steps are. We have explored all possible sources of funding, including all applications for grant funding.

First published on the Alderman White School and The Bramcote School websites on 26th March 2015.

We are a truly comprehensive Federation where all students are welcomed and thrive, and all are given every opportunity to achieve to their highest potential. We are rooted in our local community, make a positive contribution to the life of our local area and work in harmony with our feeder primary schools. Staff and students in the Federation behave with integrity, honesty, openness and respect, are committed to the principle of equality, and display tolerance and acceptance towards others. We manage our Federation in an environmentally sensitive, sustainable manner.

First published on 20th March 2015 in issue 48 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address, They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.


On Monday, Broxtowe Borough Council close their consultation on the Green Belt boundary changes. They are proposing that the area of land on which The Bramcote School and Bramcote College sits is removed from the Green Belt and the new boundary will become the railway line to the north of our site. This would seem a logical move, particularly since the Fields Farm development was approved and this is now an isolated area surrounded by development, and the railway line provides a logical and easily-understood boundary.

First published on 11th July 2014 in issue 22 of the Federation Newsletter. Newsletters are sent to subscribers and ALL parents/carers of students at The White Hills Park Federation Trust, for whom we hold a valid email address, They also published on the Alderman White School, The Bramcote School and Bramcote College websites for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of issue. Archive copies of The Federation Newsletter are available on request.

I am delighted to inform parents of our exciting and ambitious plans to build new ‘state of the art’ school buildings, enabling us to pursue the next stage of the Federation’s vision of a true community school serving our surrounding area.

The £20 million plus project will lead to the complete rebuilding of The Bramcote School and Bramcote College and the transformation of Alderman White School.  As well as high quality and well-equipped classrooms, the buildings on The Bramcote site will include new science and technology areas, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and a theatre and performance area, all of which will allow us to extend the use of our facilities by the local community. In the Autumn, we will also take possession of two premium quality sports pitches on land that is about to be transferred into the Federation ownership.