State-of-the-art outdoor sports facilities, including an artificial grass, all-weather, floodlit pitch and new netball/tennis courts, are planned for Millthorpe School.
City of York Council has agreed to fund these facilities, which will include additional car parking on the Millthorpe site. This is to compensate for an expansion of Scarcroft Primary School which has resulted in losing some of its car park and currently has limited outdoor space for its children.
Both schools will use the new facilities, which will add to the provision for all York schools’ sports activities and will be available for community use outside school hours.
Governors at Millthorpe and Scarcroft, working with PE leaders at both schools and a specialist consultant, have agreed a plan which is detailed on the schools’ websites. A consultation period, ending 5 February, has now begun for parents, pupils and residents to comment on the plans, before a planning application is submitted.
A drop in event is to be held at both schools, at either venue, any time between 3pm-7pm on Friday 26 January.
Providing planning permission is granted, both schools would like works to take place during the summer holidays this year so that the new facilities should be available for use from the start of the new school year, in September 2018.
“There has never been a better time to encourage an active lifestyle and to instil a love of sport into the lives of our children and young people,” said Trevor Burton, headteacher at Millthorpe.
Scarcroft headteacher Anna Cornhill is also excited at the new facilities. “It will mean for the first time we can host ‘home’ games on a proper playing surface and our can have PE or games lessons just a very short walk away. We can’t wait.”
Demand for extra places at Scarcroft means the school is being expanded to accommodate an additional 15 pupils per year.