Monday, October 8, 2018

News: Plans in for new Rotherham school


Further details have been revealed for a new multimillion pound school in Rotherham.

In July, Rothbiz revealed the initial designs for what is being called "Waverley Junior Academy", the new school proposed for the Waverley development in Rotherham.

Now a planning application has been submitted from Rotherham Council, detailing how the new school will look.

Set to be built on land at Highfield Lane and Waverley Walk, the 31,000 sq ft building will be constructed mainly on a single ground floor level apart from the Highfield Lane Teaching Block which will be two storey to accommodate six class bases on each floor, with ancillary toilets and storage.

A main hall and a stand-alone ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) building are also proposed, along with a grass area large enough to accommodate a range of formal recreational sporting activities and a perimeter route to enable pupils to undertake their "Daily Mile" - a popular, simple and free initiative that sees children run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their primary and nursery schools.

Space for potential expansion is included and eventually the school will be capable of accommodating approximately 500 pupils; with the possibility of expansion should it be deemed necessary in future.

The plans show space for nursery, reception, infant and junior school pupils.


Landscape plans are also included showing a wildlife area, traditional playground and outdoor classrooms.

Fronting Waverley Walk, the school building "takes on the appearance of a colonnade with slender columns and glazing giving a civic presence for the building, which is to be seen as a community building," according to the plans.

There are no student drop off / parking proposed within the site, but there is to be a drop of bay area along the street that is currently unnamed, on the Eastern side of the site.

Only the second new school built in Rotherham in the last 25 years, the school will form a central part of the new Waverley community, which is fast taking shape on the site of the former Orgreave Colliery.

Last year, Aston Community Education Trust (ACET) was appointed as the sponsor for the new school at Waverely by the Regional Schools Commissioner, following the completion of the sponsor selection process.

In order to meet the projected intake, the school needs to be sited and fully operational before September 2020, when the new term begins.

Drawn up by Rotherham Council officers and Ellis Williams architects, the plans show how the new building will fit within the approved design code for the area which is Yorkshire's largest ever brownfield mixed-use development and is being brought forward by regeneration company Harworth Group plc.

There are plans to build 3,890 new homes on the Waverley development site and local infrastructure will include new primary school provision, community facilities and leisure facilities.

Images: RMBC / Ellis


Anonymous,  October 8, 2018 at 3:27 PM  

Don't know why Rotherham just dosnt let Sheffield administrator this whole area,let them.have costs of school,might as well as all residents in that area always associate themselves as Sheffield,don't like to be called Rotherham.Non loss!

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 6:51 AM  

I completely disagree, living at Waverley we are actually quite annoyed when press refers to Waverley as Sheffield. It’s not sheffield it’s rotherham and like all others in Rotherham we pay our council tax so are entitled to use these monies to help fund and grow our community. Given we are closer to Sheffield our council taxes are also higher and so far the council hasn’t done anything for Waverley for the last 6 years it’s been there

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 7:17 PM  

Having lived in Sheffield and Rotherham I know which local authority I would rather Waverley fall under, and it isn't Sheffield. As for the school; a great addition to the growing community. Let's just don't hope it gets swamped with people from outside the catchment area.

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 7:18 PM  

Speak for yourself

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 7:38 PM  

I also live on Waverley and get cross when it is referred to as Sheffield. Sheffield only want bragging rights to the AMP. We are Waverley, Rotherham and that's that.

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 7:46 PM  

I live in Waverley and say Sheffield, not Rotherham ...

Anonymous,  October 9, 2018 at 8:51 PM  

I completely agree! I live at Waverley and hate it being classed as Rotherham...the sooner it’s classed as Sheffield the better.

Anonymous,  December 1, 2018 at 2:20 AM  

You have to.laugh,whats so good about Sheffield?As someone who works all over country,I can say that Sheffield isn't in.same league as other proper city's.It will never be in same league as Leeds,Manchester,Liverpool,Newcastle,and even smaller citys likes of Bristol Cardiff are out of the league.Sheffield is a run.down cesspit,not a proper city,just a load of suburbs and council estates economically it rides on rest of South Yorkshire,in.particular Rotherham,who once again as one of fastest growing economies in country.Hasn't an.airport,as to sneak name in Robin Hood which is no where near Sheffield.Basically Sheffield is a joke😂

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