School is given the green light

Flying High Academy Head, Tony Warsop with his Deputy Head, Caroline Marsden, at the site of the old Ladybrook School which should become the site of the new Flying High Academy school building.
Flying High Academy Head, Tony Warsop with his Deputy Head, Caroline Marsden, at the site of the old Ladybrook School which should become the site of the new Flying High Academy school building.

Planning permission has been granted for a new school to be built at Flying High Academy in Ladybrook, Mansfield.

Once the existing buildings have been demolished, a two-storey replacement primary school will be built on part of the existing school site and the site of the former Ladybrook Primary School on land fronting Townroe Drive and Somersall Street in the town.

Work is expected to start on the 420-place school and 39-place nursery later this month and the academy plans to open its doors to pupils in late 2015.

The project will be paid for using cash from the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme in partnership with the Education Funding Agency.

Tony Warsop, headteacher at Flying High Academy said: “The children, staff and whole Ladybrook community are really excited about our new state-of-the-art, purpose-built school.

“The contractor Kier Construction and the Education Funding Agency have been brilliant in involving us every step of the way in the planning and layout of our new school.

“The new build will be the final piece in a complex jigsaw towards making our school a place which we are all tremendously proud of. The children of Ladybrook and the wider community really deserve this and we can’t wait for construction to begin this month so that we are able to open in November.”

The county council successfully bid for funding from the scheme to replace 12 schools across the county with the first of the rebuilds, Mansfield’s Fountaindale Special School, completed in November.