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Primary schools could get building boost

Published Monday, 24 July 2017

Three Coventry primary schools could receive new buildings to help meet new requirements for nursery provision.

​Using funding from the Department for Education, the Council could buy 'modular classrooms' for use at Mount Nod, Sacred Heart and St Gregory's primary schools as part of a report to be considered by the Council's Cabinet next week.

Modular classrooms are built mainly off site so keep disruption to a minimum while providing a modern teaching space.

The new buildings will help Coventry meet its requirements following the national introduction of 30 hours free nursery provision for all children aged three.

The buildings will cost almost £800,000 and the Council’s Cabinet will also consider approving a framework to allow for the purchase of further modular buildings to meet future needs.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is a great solution to allow the three schools to meet their duties and demands while keeping disruption to existing pupils to the minimum.

“I am pleased also that we are able to make these important changes using external funding, with the potential to add more classrooms to meet future need.”

The three new nursery units will be in place by November this year. They require some ground preparation, some on-site assembly and landscaping. Hollyfast Primary School already has a modular classroom on its site.

Cabinet will consider the report on modular classrooms on August 1.

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